Anglo European School
We have all been delighted with how our students have taken on board the changes that we have had to implement since we reopened the school in September. Our students’ positive attitudes have made a potentially challenging start to term very smooth and we have really enjoyed teaching them in person again.
As you will be aware, cases of Covid-19 are rising again across the country and in Essex. We are working with our staff and students to mitigate the risks in the hope that we are able to stay open and provide continued high quality education on site. Consequently, we would like to draw your attention to the following three updates:-
1) Face masks
On our return to school in September, we took the decision to allow students to wear face masks around school and in lessons, should they wish. The only proviso was that students wore them in line with the following expectations:-
- Face masks must be purpose made (not face coverings, such as scarves) and they must be plain in colour. They should not have logos, emblems or decorations. Any student who wears an inappropriate face mask/covering will be instructed to remove it.
- Those students who choose to wear a face mask must do so sensibly and must use it only for its intended purpose.
- Face masks must be put-on, worn and taken-off following the latest guidance, as failure to do so may inadvertently increase the risk of transmission.
- It is the student’s individual responsibility to wear their face mask correctly (if they make this choice).
Since the start of term, we have seen an increasing number of Essex schools sending groups (and sometimes whole year groups) of students home to self-isolate, following a reported positive test.
As a result of this changing context, Anglo is moving from permitting the use of face masks in those parts of the school where social distancing is more difficult, to strongly recommending their use in key areas such as the corridors and Sixth Form Open Area which will now be designated Face Mask wearing areas from Thursday 1st October 2020. Whilst this is still not compulsory, we will now be advising students that they should wear masks in shared indoor spaces. Please make sure your child has a mask to wear in school.
As an additional precaution, we are urging our staff and Sixth Formers to download the NHS Covid-19 app and we have also created a QR Code for the school which we would ask people, including Sixth Formers, to scan when they are in school.
- Travelling to school on school transport or public transport - Face masks must be worn
- Moving around areas of the school, where social distancing is more difficult or where contact may be for more than for 15 minutes (e.g sixth form open area and corridors) - Face masks should be worn and are strongly recommended
- In lessons - Face masks may be worn if the student/member of staff chooses to
2) Single Case of Covid-19
This week, we were informed by a parent that we had our first positive case confirmed. We were very fortunate that the family concerned had self-isolated as soon as symptoms became apparent and had not been in school for 13 days when the test result was received. The impact on the school was significantly reduced and we were not required to send any close contacts home.
This scenario, and worse, is becoming more common in other schools. As a consequence, we have been proactive in planning our response should a positive case be recorded at Anglo. We have a strategic operational plan in place to identify, contact and isolate any student or staff member who has had close contact with the positive case swiftly and efficiently.
In any situation where a positive test is recorded, we will take advice from Essex Local Authority Track and Trace Team and the DFE. They will support us to trace the close contacts of any member of the school community who has tested positive. In these situations, it is essential that we are able to isolate and send home all close contacts as soon as possible and for them to self-isolate for 14 days.
If your child is identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive, you will be contacted via text message/phone by the Attendance Officer/administrative staff. You will be asked to confirm that you are on your way to collect your child from school or you give permission for them to make their own way home or be collected by another registered emergency contact. If you are asking someone to collect your child who is not a registered contact, we will ask you to confirm this in an e-mail to us. We would be grateful for a speedy response should this situation arise.
While we hope that we won’t have to make such contact with you, we would rather explain the process to you in advance and ensure we are all ready for any eventuality.
3) Don’t forget your Coat!
As we enter a period of colder, more unsettled weather, please ensure that your child brings a school jumper and a plain dark blue or black coat to school to ensure that they stay warm and dry. We will have to keep windows open in classrooms and will be encouraging students to spend as much time outside at lunch and break time as possible, as this is the safest place for them to be. If the temperature is too cold for comfortable working in class, students will be allowed to wear their coats in lessons. Hoodies, however, are not permitted in school and will be confiscated by staff if worn.
Again, we would like to thank you for the support that you have shown during this period of school reopening. The frequent messages of support, gratitude and sharing of innovative ideas have all been much appreciated by the staff here at Anglo, as we work together to keep our school community safe whilst maintaining the highest quality of educational provision.
Mr D Barrs/Mrs J Gee
Year 7 Virtual Open Event is now available to view on our website:
Anglo Music School
The Music Department will be relaunching the Anglo Music School from next week. Students who wish to take part are able to attend during morning registration for one session per week. Mr Barden will be sending out a survey this week on Show My Homework to Years 7-9 which students can complete to register their interest. Places will be limited so please register as soon as possible.
Monday - Year 7 Ukulele Ensemble (Mr Barden) and Y8 Ukulele Ensemble (Mr Saunders)
Tuesday - Year 7 Keyboard Ensemble (Mr Saunders) and Y8 Keyboard Ensemble (Mr Barden)
Wednesday - GCSE Music Ensembles (Year 10 (Mr Barden) and Year 11(Mr Saunders))
Thursday - Year 9 Mixed Ensemble (Mr Saunders)and Sixth Form Ensemble (Mr Barden)
Message from the Sixth Form
This week our Sixth Form focus comes from Mr Knights, IBCP Co-ordinator, looking at how our IBCP students have started the year:
I would like to extend a warm welcome back to all students. I am sure our Sixth Form students in particular will continue their positivity and resilience in the months ahead.
Anglo European School was the first UK comprehensive school to offer the International Baccalaureate Career Related Programme. The programme combines A Level courses with IB courses and its distinctive core programme develops work ready competencies which universities and employers truly value. By explicitly teaching Leadership, Communication, Emotional Intelligence and Problem Solving, IBCP students leave our Sixth Form ready to lead and make positive change in our dynamic, globalised world.
In our core lessons, the Upper Sixth IBCP students are completing a reflective project. This project is an extended piece of writing whereby the students consider an ethical dilemma in a particular company or industry. Example projects include an investigation into “male gaze” in Marketing, the gender pay gap in the Financial Services industry and censorship in the media. The ability of our students to proactively engage with such current and developing issues always impresses me, and we look forward to reading their final submissions.
Our Lower Sixth group have started their IBCP journey and have settled well. In recent lessons, they considered the importance of reflective practice and began to consider appropriate Service Learning projects in a socially distanced world!
The IBCP is a truly unique programme. As the demand from universities and employers for students to develop competencies grows, we feel that the IBCP grows in appeal for our students. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about the programme.
Business Related Studies Co-ordinator (IBCP Co-ordinator)
ENTREPRENEURS IN THE MAKING ...
In June 2020 during lockdown, Sixth Former Bekah Choraitis decided to start her own beauty business selling 3D mink eyelashes which are cruelty free, vegan lip glosses, bath salts, different flavoured lip scrubs and eyebrow and eyelash growth serum.
Are you thinking of starting your own business?
Talk from the Top, a YouTube Channel developed by Year 9 Alex Perkas
In April, Alex like many other children unable to go to school or play sport because of the Covid-19 lockdown, felt slightly bored and relatively addicted to the TV, gaming and YouTube. What was missing was inspiration so he decided to create a YouTube talk show and began interviewing high achievers in sport, entertainment and business initially aimed at inspiring young people.
His first guest was David Haye, the world champion boxer who was also 13 when he started his career in the sport. Alex also interviewed the paralympic gold medallist, Ellie Simmonds, OBE who was the youngest person to receive an MBE. He has chatted to an ex investor from Dragon's Den (and now helps with her own YouTube channel) and has spoken to Heart FM's JK (Jason King), an explorer, a 21 year old millionaire and the popular impressionist, Al Foran.
The list goes on with other sporting champions, gold medallists and young business entrepreneurs and he has more lined up.
Every week he uploads a new interview, shares them across his social media platforms and now has 102 subscribers.
It has been an amazing learning and personal development journey for Alex from researching and creating questions, curating the right introduction emails to presenting with confidence.
What is more, he has just secured his first sponsorship deal with a company called Sales IQ in Australia.
The show has now become a source of entertainment for adults too who find, not only the stories of the guests inspiring, but Alex's too.
Do you have an inspiring story that you would like to share with Alex?
Year 9 Physics
In keeping with our policy to increase the amount of engagement parents have with the school, I would like to offer the opportunity for some of our parental cohort to take part in our Virtual Parental Forum, which will take place on Thursday 8th October at 5pm, on the topic of 'blended learning'. The discussion will be based upon reflections of the school's blended learning approach last year, and exploring ideas on how to improve it should we need to use it in the future. As we will be conducting the meeting virtually, there will be a limited amount of places available, but any parents that we are unable to accommodate this time we will look to include in future forums throughout the year. To register your interest in taking part please email email@example.com with 'Parental Forum' in the title.
Director of Sixth Form, Assistant Headteacher
Interested in a career in Medicine?
Amazing free Virtual Work Experience opportunity for students in Years 10, 11 & L6th
Application process opens on Thursday 1st October
Medic Mentor is a non-profit national medical organisation for applying students, medical students and doctors. Medic Mentor is run by a UK-wide network of volunteer doctors who provide UCAS support and teach medical students how to become successful future doctors and NHS leaders. It is an organisation that re-invests in the wellbeing and morale of our UK’s doctors.
Medic Mentor have teamed up with the Queen Elizabeth's Hospital in Birmingham and UHB to put on this virtual work experience programme. The application process will open on 1st October on the Medic Mentor website and students in years 10, 11 and L6th can apply to attend the virtual work experience programme, which will run for six months, one Saturday per month. Students will log in for one Saturday a month and follow the patient journey from GP appointment through hospital admission and varying treatments and consultations!
There is a large cohort capacity, so if you’re interested you should apply. Regular long term work experience is what could make the difference to your application to medical school.
TERM DATES 2020/2021
Wednesday 2nd September to Friday 18th December 2020
Half term Monday 26th—Friday 30th October 2020
Thursday 26th November 2020 (non-pupil day)
Monday 4th January to Friday 26th March 2021
Half term: Monday 15th February to Friday 19th February 2021
Monday 12th April to Friday 16th July 2021
Half term: Monday 31st May to Friday 4th June 2021