Issue 908: 13th November 2020

Snow Days

Now that the clocks have changed and the weather is turning colder, I thought I should make you aware of the arrangements in the unlikely event of snow leading to a necessary school closure. We will, as always, make every effort to keep the school open, but we always have to consider the safety of our pupils and staff, many of whom travel from a distance away. Should there be a need to close the school, we will aim to post this on our website by 7.45am, at the latest (please remember to click the ‘refresh’ button to ensure you can access the latest information). Local radio stations no longer broadcast this information but the closure will be published on the Essex County Council website at  Alternatively you can search for “Essex County Council Emergency School Closures” but let’s hope that the weather will stay kind to us, and we can avoid any further disruption to school life!


Academic Induction / School CLoud

I am delighted to say that we have had excellent feedback from our Year 7 parents and carers after we trialled the online meeting system, School Cloud, for the Academic Induction meetings this week. Both parents/carers and staff found the system easy to use and very effective. We will now look to use the same system for future Parents’ Evenings, until we can meet again in person. Please do keep an eye on your email for further details in due course. Thank you to all our Year 7 parents/carers for bearing with us whilst we adapted to this new technology!

Non-Pupil Day – 20th November

As I mentioned in last week’s headlines, on Friday 20th November we have our annual staff training/INSET Day and so pupils will not be in school on that day.

BBC's 40th ...

Children in Need

On Friday 13th November, at 7pm on BBC One, the big appeal show returns for a jam-packed evening of entertainment with an exciting line-up of familiar faces coming together to help raise money for disadvantaged children around the UK.

Mel Giedroyc returns to host the annual appeal show alongside Alex Scott MBE, Chris Ramsey and Stephen Mangan who will all be hosting BBC Children in Need for the first time.

Book of the Week

by Cerrie Burnell

“From Frida Kahlo to Stephen Hawking, find out how these iconic figures have overcome obstacles, owned their differences and paved the way for others by making their bodies and minds work for them. These short biographies tell the stories of people who have faced unique challenges which have not stopped them from becoming trailblazers, innovators, advocates and makers.

Each person is a leading figure in their field, be it sport, science, maths, art, breakdance or the world of pop. Challenge your preconceptions of disability and mental health with the eye-opening stories of these remarkable people.”

A fabulous celebration of diversity which happily demolishes stereotypes. Everyone should read this!

Perfect for Non-Fiction November!


Today (13th November) Is Children in Need

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