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Issue No. 252

23 June 2017
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The summer examination season is almost over, but does Shoeburyness High School rest? Absolutely not. We have summer concerts, Proms, awards evenings, Year 10 revision conference and examinations, and, of course, our new intake parents’ evening and transition day. Just a few of the things to pack into the remainder of this term. With Year 13 finishing, our new Head Girl is Colette Gordon with her deputy Shannon Brook; the Head Boy is Brandon Sadler and his deputy is Sam Nunn. It was a very close contest and I look forward to them making a significant contribution to the school. This week the school fell silent for a one-minute silence in memory of those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them and our thanks to the emergency services for their brave and dedicated service. Our Mock Court Trial Competition team participated in the finals in Nottingham last weekend, losing out to the eventual winners. They should be immensely proud of their achievement - they are truly outstanding young people. Finally, a reminder that Friday, 30 June is a non-pupil day. Before I sign off can I remind you all that during this hot weather sun cream is needed and bottles of water are encouraged.  Enjoy the sun while it lasts but take care not to burn.

Expect Excellence

Mr M Schofield, Headteacher

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Congratulations to the Jack Petchey Award Winners: ~

Sammie Mundy was nominated for being a top achiever in Year 10; currently working at grades 8 and 9 in most subjects.  She is a Reading Champion in school, helping other students with their reading.  She also volunteers at St. John Ambulance and has completed her cadet level 1 and 2. Currently she is completing a BTEC in peer education.  VERY WELL DONE SAMANTHA AND CONGRATULATIONS!   Sammie has chosen to give £125 to the Art Department and £125 to the Humanities Department.

Dominic Silk was nominated for being an excellent mentor to a student and helping him through a difficult time.  He also performs in the school shows and plays in the band.  Dominic is incredibly supportive to other students in need.  VERY WELL DONE DOMINIC AND CONGRATULATIONS!  Dominic has chosen to give £250 to the English Department.

Faith Allsopp was nominated for turning herself around and becoming a bright, happy student attending school every day.   Faith is determined to achieve her dream and enter the Law profession. She is an amazing student who deserves this award!  VERY WELL DONE FAITH AND CONGRATULATIONS! Faith has chosen to give £125 to the Art Department and £125 to the Humanities Department.


Year 11 Book Return Afternoon~ is on Thursday, 29 June at 2pm in the Dining Hall. Please be there to get your leaving form signed and completed, by returning school books, materials, VoiceMale shirts and badges.


National Final Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition 2017~ Having already successfully battled through both the local and regional heats of the Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition, Shoeburyness High School’s team of thirteen magnificent students travelled to Nottingham last Friday to compete in the National Final for a phenomenal FOURTH time! This is an incredible achievement for all students involved as there were over 260 schools competing this year from across the country. Unfortunately, the winner’s shield eluded us yet again, but the school finished in a highly respectable eighth place out of the sixteen teams that qualified for the Finals.

The winning team came from the Bishopston Comprehensive School in Swansea, whilst the reigning champions, Birmingham’s King Edward VI Hansworth School for Girls, finished in second place.  Our team even competed against the ultimate winners in the second round and only missed out on beating them by a mere two marks from two of the judges, showing just how close the competition was. Once again. I would like to congratulate our students who worked so amazingly hard in preparation for this competition and proved themselves such outstanding ambassadors for Shoeburyness High School and the local community. The team, all from Year 9, were Rosie Young, Noah Gribbon, Christopher Hardy, Eleanor Townsend, Genna Gowreea, Molly Macloughlin, Ellie Hunt, Maya Cann, Niamh Macloughlin, Jack Cottham, Ellie Carter, Hermione Lawrence, Elizabeth Mitchell and Katie Guest.

Mrs J Sutton, CPPL


This week~ has been another exciting week for the Theatre Arts department.  We have been approached by a TV production company to hold a casting for 16-18 teenage girls. The casting will take place at school next Wednesday and filming will commence in July also at Shoebury. Please remember that tickets are available for the Summer Show on the 27 June. As you may know our dance troupe have successfully gained a place in the National Finals of The Great Big Dance Off. This competition takes place on Monday, 3 July in Wellingborough.  We have organised a minibus leaving school at around 10.30am on the day so that parents and friends can come and support our students at this event.  We still have a few spaces on the minibus, please contact Miss Young asap if you would like to come and support our fabulous students.  A reminder to all performers that there will be one last rehearsal for the final on Wednesday, 28 July 3-5pm.  It is compulsory that all students attend this rehearsal as we need to ensure we are rehearsed properly for the final.

Miss Young, Theatre Arts


Southend Borough Athletics Competition~ Congratulations and well done to all students who took part in the Borough athletics championships. Everyone represented the school with pride and we had some fantastic achievements. You all contributed to an enjoyable and successful day.

Overall Girls placed:                           

Year 7    finished  5th

Year 8    finished   3rd

Year 9    finished  4th

Year 10  finished  6th

Overall Boys placed:

Year 7    finished  5th

Year 8    finished   6rd

Year 9   finished  5th

Year 10  finished  8th


Medal-winning performances and highlights on the day from the boys’ squad were: Sam Archer (Year 7) matching the school record and achieving a bronze medal in the high jump; Keelan Cooper (Year 9)  won a silver medal in the shot put; Louie Griffin (Year 8) and Fadhil Ibrahim (Year 9)  won a bronze medal in the discus; Owen Young  (Year 10) won a bronze in the long jump; Year 9 boys’ 4 x 100m relay team (Danny O’Donovan, Timmy Adepoju, Owen Williams, Taiga Rush) broke the school record and Sam Anderson who broke the school record in hurdles with a time 12.68 seconds.

Listed below are our girls that placed in the top three.

Enya Davies-Collins      1st - 100m 12.81 sec

Alayna Chesney            2nd - high Jump 1.45m

Lucy Roffe                    2nd - discus 19.74m

Hayley Phillpot              1st – javelin, broke school record with 23.21m

Grace Durrant               2nd - discus 17.65m

Indira Muchakwaya       2nd - javelin 19.31m

Lydia Wiblin                  3rd - hurdles 12.38 sec


Congratulations to Grace Durrant  and Indira Muchakwaya, Year 7, who have been selected to represent Southend at the County Athletics Championships on Wednesday, 5 July at Melbourne Park, Chelmsford.

Rounders~ On Tuesday, 13 June our Year 9 girls travelled to Westcliff to play their inaugural rounders fixture of the year. The girls played the match in fantastic spirits and the evening was enjoyed by both schools. Well done to the girls, who are improving each week.

Cricket Fixtures~

Monday, 26 June:  Year 10 Cricket @ Shoebury v Westcliff

Monday, 26 June:   Year 7 Cricket @ St. Thomas More

Thursday, 29 June: Year 9 Cricket @ Shoebury v Westcliff

Thursday, 29 June: Year 8 Cricket @ St. Thomas More                                                  

Year 10 Cricket fixtures ~

Monday, 26 June @ Shoebury v Westcliff (Cup Game)

Monday, 3rd July @ Westcliff v Westcliff;

Wednesday, 5th July @ St. Thomas More v St. Thomas More.


Mr Newman PE Department

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