Anglo European School
AES COVID UPDATE No 29
The Leadership Team and other colleagues are working at some pace to ensure that all the necessary arrangements are in place for September, when all students are expected to return to school. Further features of our new 'normal' will be issued in due course, but we have summarised some of the key points below. Please read carefully.
On a rather more uplifting note, we received news this week that we have been awarded a Condition Improvement Fund of nearly a half million pounds to update and integrate our lesson bell, fire alarm and lock down systems . Over the years, as the school has had new buildings (and demolished some!) we have added to the existing systems . This will enable us to manage maintenance more easily, identify faults more swiftly and allow us to exceed the required safety specification.
Our new-style newsletter has received rave reviews and we know it has been read over 1,000 times. Thank you for such positive feedback and your continued vigilance in reading this vital channel of communication.
You will also see details of our Virtual Sports Day. Do get involved perhaps as part of your daily exercise routine which we are sure you have all been doing!
This week we are also welcoming new staff, for their induction day, who will be joining us in September and we are really pleased to say that one of the challenges we have risen to, in this difficult time, is ensuring we are fully staffed for the new academic year.
And finally, on Friday 10th July at 10am, the Prime Minister will be giving an address to all school leavers which will be broadcast on Facebook and YouTube. We believe it is important that you tune in to this, if this affects you, whatever your politics. Our school leavers must not be defined as the COVID generation. You are the leaders of tomorrow and we need you to help us learn the lessons of the pandemic and make the world in which you will live, work and play a better place.
David Barrs and Jody Gee
Ensure the Well-being Survey on Showmyhomework on Thursday is completed by 3.30pm Friday.
Re-opening in September
IB Exam Results
Well-being at Home:
Support available from Essex
Studying at Home:
Sports Day 2020
Mr Beedell's Conundrum
Essex Libraries phased opening
Re-opening in September
We now have more guidance on what September will look like and a significant amount of time is now being spent on creating a new Risk Assessment to ensure that the school is as safe as it possibly can be when we all return in September. We will share a summary of this with you as soon as possible but, suffice it to say, at this stage, that a few principles are clear:-
- We will maintain our curriculum offer of a broad and balanced curriculum for all students. Any reduction in the curriculum will be exceptional and for individuals where this is in their best interests, as is our current practice.
- Students will be organised in Year groups and kept in these "bubbles" wherever possible.
- No child should attend school if they show symptoms and any student showing symptoms in school will be isolated and parents required to collect. Please have arrangements in place so that your child can be collected promptly should the need arise.
- We will endeavour to keep staff as socially distanced from each other and students as possible.
- We will continue to build and develop our on-line platforms and resources to enhance home learning and in the event that we have to send some students home or have a local lockdown.
- We will continue with our enhanced cleaning programme and the promotion of good hand and respiratory hygiene.
- We will limit large gatherings where possible; there will be some staggering of timings during the school day, assemblies will be virtual and clubs and activities will be limited in numbers and scope. Zones will operate at breaktimes and lunchtimes for each Year group and additional catering outlets will be in place to ensure each Year group has a designated area.
- We will engage with Track and Trace procedures.
- Our normal expectations regarding uniform will resume in September and students will need to provide all of their own equipment. Sharing will not be permitted.
- We will be issuing an adapted home-school agreement and student protocol which will be addendums to the Behaviour Policy and we will be asking parents to reinforce expectations at home to ensure our preventative measures are effective. We will, for example, expect students to avoid the shops in the High Street in Ingatestone where possible and respect the social distancing protocols for the village.
IB Anglo students achieve 3 points above the worldwide average
We wish to congratulate all of our IB students on the results they have achieved this week. Our IB Diploma Students (DP) achieved an average score of 33 points, which is in line with previous cohorts and 3 points above the worldwide average of 29.9, and our maximum individual points score was 40 out of a possible 45. In May 2019 this would have placed these pupils in the top 10% worldwide. The vast majority have met or exceeded their university offers, and we will support any who narrowly missed. In the absence of examinations, these were based on a combination of coursework, predicted grades and historic school and subject data. We are not yet sure of the exact combination that was used to calculate these results and there will certainly be some appeals on individual results where pupils are close to the upper boundary.
Our Career Programme (CP) students did well in their challenging Reflective Projects and completed a diverse service learning portfolio. Our IBCP Co-ordinator Ben Knights said: "This is a pleasing set of results which evidence the personal development made by our 2020 IBCP cohort. They leave the Anglo European Sixth Form with "work ready" competencies which, through their Service Learning and Language Development portfolios, showcase their sustained engagement. I am especially proud of the reflective projects undertaken by this group, as all students thoughtfully reflected upon an ethical dilemma within their career-related study, allowing them to demonstrate all IB Learner Profile characteristics. I wish them well for the future." As a school, we are quite unique in offering A levels in combination with single IB subjects and there were many positive individual results amongst this group, which will be combined with their A level results in August.
The Headteachers, David Barrs and Jody Gee said: “Results day is a stop-over on your journey which began two years ago and now takes you to the edge of the cliff and gives you wings to fly. Whatever the circumstances, those results mean something but do not ever forget the IB Mission - to make the world a better place. Despite missing school we have all learned so much from our experience of COVID 19 - the greatness and the fragility of our common humanity. Don't allow yourself to be defined by the global lockdown . The world is ripe for change and you are well-placed, as part of a global network of IB graduates, to be the leaders of that change.”
Our IB Curriculum Manager Susannah Porsz said: "I am really proud of every one of our IB Students, they worked hard throughout the two years and the overall results are pleasing. Some pupils would have undoubtedly achieved a higher grade had they been able to take the examinations as planned, and these pupils have the option to retake in November 2020, as we are offering this session for the first time ever. The IB is about so much more than results and these students are well-rounded, global citizens who will no doubt be the leaders of the future. I wish them all every success, no matter what path they take."
Photograph: Amelia Jenkins, who achieved 40 points and is going to study Veterinary Medicine at the Royal Veterinary College.
Remembering Marie Skłodowska-Curie (7 November 1867 – 4 July 1934)
Essex County Council have put support in place to help children, young people and families. The current Family Innovation Fund (FIF) is a range of established services for Children, Young People and Parents/Carers with low level needs that cannot be supported by services such as Schools, and GPs alone. FIF provides that little bit of extra help to support children, young people and parents/carers. FIF-Xtra services have been set up so there is even more help available during this time, online and via telephone, to support children, young people and their families who are experiencing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you would like to learn more about the support offered please contact the school or see links below.
Teaching groups next academic year 2020/21
Information regarding next year's teaching groups will be issued at the end of next week. This will be in the form of individual letters to all parents/students giving details of the groups and sets for the student from September. There will also be information about the grouping structure in the school and the process that staff have completed for this grouping.
Student timetables will be issued in September and please also note that all form groups will continue through to next year although in some cases this will be with new form teachers.
Sports Day 2020
We hope you have all been training for our virtual Sports Day, the details are below:
You will be representing your form group and every single entry scores points for your form. There will also be bonus points for the fastest times. WE WILL NOT BE PUBLISHING ANY INDIVIDUAL TIMES.
How does it work?
There are 12 events across 3 disciplines: Walk, Run and Cycle
· Walk: 2km, 3km, 5km, 8km
· Run: 1km, 2km, 3km, 5km
· Cycle: 3km, 5km, 8km, 10km
You can enter a maximum of 1 event from each discipline e.g 1x walk, 1x run, 1x cycle
You will need a way of measuring the distance you travelled, most smartphones have the capacity to do this for you or you can download an app such as Strava tracker. Ask your parent if there are any issues with this.
We will mainly be relying on trust that you complete the events in the time you post, however please take a screen shot of your results as we may ask for verification
When does this start?
NOW. You can start to record your times and distances you complete already and keep them safe. In the week commencing Monday 6th July, we will send out a document for you to enter your results. You can only complete this document once, and the cut-off date will be Friday 10th July at 3.30pm.
We will announce which form has won the following week.
Mr Beedell's Conundrum
A student practised their multiplication tables for half an hour. In the first 10 minutes they averaged 3 correct per minute, but by the end their average was nine correct per minute. What must their average rate of correct answers per minute have been for the last 20 minutes?
Solution to last week's conundrum:
Find the mistake in this sequence: 1, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14
Answer: They are the non-prime numbers so 11 should be 10
International Recipe of the Week
Simple Dhal – A wholesome dish using yellow moong lentils (serves 4)
“Over the years I’ve learnt many ways of cooking dhal. This humbling recipe is quick and one I learnt from my mum. It’s one of my 3 year old son’s favourite dinners; has lots of health benefits and most importantly its super tasty. Happy cooking…I hope you enjoy it!” - Mrs Prema-Gadhia
Preparing the dhal
- 1 cup lentils - 3 cups water
- ¼ tsp of turmeric powder - A pinch of salt
Wash the lentils under warm water in a sieve for a few minutes, drain and put in a pan. Add the 3 cups of water into the lentils and cook on a medium – high heat. Stir occasionally until the lentils become soft. This should take roughly 20mins. It’s cooked when the lentils become mushy in your fingers. Add a little water if you see the lentils becoming dry.
While the lentils are cooking, make the base for the dhal – here’s what you need:
- 2 tbsp of oil or ghee (clarified butter) - Pinch of asafoetida* - optional
- 1 green chilli split lengthways - 3 medium tomatoes diced (skinned if you prefer)
- 1 tsp cumin seeds - Salt ½ tsp (or to taste)
- 1 tsp cumin powder - 1 tsp coriander powder
- ¼ tsp turmeric - 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp minced ginger
*Can be found in the spice section of most supermarkets
1) Heat the oil or ghee in a pan and add the asafoetida, cumin seeds and green chilli. Keep on the heat until the cumin seeds begin to crackle.
2) Add the tomatoes and salt, stir and cover the lid. Cook on a medium heat until the tomatoes begin to mash. (approx 10 minutes)
3) Once the tomatoes have mashed add the dry spices, the garlic and ginger. Mix all together and cook for a further 10 minutes or until you see the oil separate from the tomatoes.
4) Add the lentils to the dhal base, mix together and simmer for a few more minutes.
Garnish with freshly chopped coriander and serve with rice or chapattis and enjoy!
Left over dhal? Turn it into a hearty soup; add some mashed sweet potatoes and blitz together
Can’t find yellow moong dhal? Use red split lentils- they have a slightly nuttier taste but just as delicious
The Gender in the GES initiative has created a Women in Economics virtual careers fair that will be happening on the 27th August. The aim is to promote opportunities in the GES and students have the chance to hear from a wide range of civil service economists, it will consist of a panel discussion and Q&A followed by short talks from a range of economists in different government departments. This is aimed at female students to further encourage gender diversity in the field of Economics. Those interested can sign up to the event on this link and further information will be provided - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/women-in-economics-virtual-careers-fair-tickets-111828177088
TERM DATES 2020
Monday 20th April 2020 -
Wednesday 22nd July 2020
Tuesday 1st September 2020 (non-pupil day)
Friday 18th December 2020
Half term Monday 26th—Friday 30th October 2020