Issue 968: 20th May 2022


Speak Out Challenge

Congratulations to Keira W in Year 10 who made it all the way to the final round of the very prestigious Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge last week. This programme aims to amplify young people’s voices by building confidence, developing skills and creating platforms for them to share their stories and ideas to empower themselves and each other. Keira did herself and Sweyne Park very proud indeed, speaking fluently, effortlessly and eloquently about a topic she is very passionate about.  Well done Keira, public speaking is a fantastic skill to have mastered!


Reporting Pupil/Student Absence

Please can I remind you that we have a dedicated phone line and email address for reporting pupil/student absences.  You must contact our Attendance Team using one of these forms of communication before 8.30 am in the morning.

Phone number: 01268 780293

Email address:

You should also use these contact details to report a future absence, e.g. if your child(ren) has a doctor/dentist/hospital appointment.

Long COVID Information

The NHS Long COVID Team has created an information sheet which includes advice on the nature of Long COVID in children and young people.   This includes the symptoms to look for and the support available.  Please click here to access the advice.

Opening of the garden at Rayleigh Station

This mural was created by five Year 9 pupils from The Sweyne Park School under the supervision of artist in residence Mel Stapleton. The project was a response to a commission from Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership to create a mural for the Rayleigh Garden Community. 

The artwork was produced by the pupils in their own time before and after school, where they undertook a great deal of research into Rayleigh: its community, historical buildings, flora and fauna. The pupils studied many artists and their work, learning about colour, composition, style and technique, and with this research designed and created the mural which evolved into a stunning artwork. 

The pupils also created a piece of artwork in response to the celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. 

The pupils: Rachael, Olivia, Samantha, Evie and Mia are very talented, enthusiastic, creative young artists, who worked extremely hard to achieve these artworks and we are very proud of them. 

The Art Dept Sweyne Park School

Road Safety

Traveling to school by walking or by cycle is great for a fitness and a healthy lifestyle and we recommend it.  However please make sure that your children understand the basics of keeping themselves safe.

Recently we have had a few calls from members of the public who have witnessed some of our pupils not taking enough care in looking around when crossing the road or cycling across junctions.

We really don’t want any of our pupils to be injured in an accident.  Your assistance is appreciated.

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We will be holding our annual Open Evening on Tuesday 27th September 2022