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Issue No. 256

21 July 2017
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Another academic year draws to a close. It only seems like yesterday it began. This year started with record results that quite frankly blew us all away and a full selective set in Year 7 for the first time in our history. The year continued with national final after national final, from public speaking to sport, theatre arts and MFL, and finished with being recognised as a school whose significant improvement journey was judged to be so good that it should be built into the Department for Education’s national strategy. The story continues: over the summer work starts on the £4 million new building project funded by central government. This will give us a new restaurant and maths suite, to be followed by the remodelling of the existing buildings. The Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) will be joined by Bournes Green and Richmond Avenue primary schools to form a powerful educational alliance in Shoeburyness for the good of the whole community. Why do we need to keep driving forward in this way? Because success is not a destination in itself, it is a continuous journey in the right direction and our target is to be the best school in the country because only the best is good enough for the community of Shoeburyness. Have a great summer and thank you governors, staff, students and parents - you are amazing!

Expect Excellence

Mr M Schofield, Headteacher

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School Parental Communication~ From September 2017 communications from the school will mainly be by e-mail and through our parent online portal My Child at School. All student half-termly and termly reports will be accessible/downloadable via My Child at School. To ensure that you receive e-mail communications from the school we must have an up-to-date e-mail address. If you would like to update the e-mail address that we have, please e-mail [email protected] from the e-mail account that you wish to use, detailing your child’s name and year; our system will then be updated accordingly.

You can check the e-mail address that we have on our system via your My Child at School login (the link for this can be found on our school website under the Parents menu). Once logged in go to settings>contact details. If you would like to be reminded of your username and password for My Child at School please contact the school office or e-mail using the mcas address above.

Mr M Root, CPDL Business & Computing


We will~ be carrying out an audit on lockers over the next week.  If you are using a locker that you have not been allocated or have a locker that you no longer require please let us know.  Also, if you have any problem with your locker or key please be sure to report it.  All lockers will be cleaned during the summer break so please remember to take home all items before the end of term.  Any items left in lockers will be removed.

Mrs J Holmes

Results Days 2017:~   

GCE Results     Thursday, 17 August 2017         8.00am – 10.00am 

GCSE Results   Thursday, 24 August 2017         9.00am – 11.00am

Results will only be issued to the student. However, if a student is on holiday or unable to attend then written permission may be granted by the student for a third party to collect their results. Alternatively a stamped, addressed envelope can be given to the Exams Officer so the results slip can be posted home. Results will also be made available in the school reception after each results day. If there are any queries please email the exams officer [email protected]

Mrs Day - Exams Officer


Excel WW2 Art project~ We had the privilege to work again with local artist, John Bulley. Following on from the work we’ve already done on Superheroes and idols (some of the work being displayed in the Victoria Plaza and the seafront) our Year 7 pupils have excitedly been producing some art work based on World War 2. As inspiration for this, pupils had the honour of interviewing a WW2 veteran, Alf, who is the focal point of this work. They spent the afternoon with Alf asking lots of very sensible questions and gained some real insight into Alf’s experiences of WW2, particularly the D-Day landings and the Battle of Dunkirk. One pupil told us how ‘inspired’ he felt by Alf’s life story and that it made him feel quite emotional listening to what he had experienced as a young soldier. On Thursday, 20 July, the work produced by John and our pupils is going to be showcased at ‘The Hub’ (upstairs) in the Victoria Plaza, the grand opening being at 4:30pm. Pupils, parents and staff will be attending the event and all are welcome to celebrate the achievements of these pupils ahead of the premiere of the film, Dunkirk.

Mrs England - Excel Pathway Manager


The PE department~ would like to congratulate everyone who won colours and certificates in their Sports Awards assemblies this week in recognition of your commitment, dedication, and efforts towards sport this year. We look forward to seeing you continue to develop and improve your abilities and achieve great things over the coming years.

Well done to our fantastic Year 9 Sports Leaders who supported the smooth running of The Federation of Greenways Sports Day. You were a credit to yourselves and our school. Students involved were Zach Harrington, Haydn Neale, Thomas Read, Fadhil Ibrahim, Sam Anderson, Danny O’Donovan, Quinn Wadeson, Tommy Little, Enya Davis Collins, George Willsher, and Timmy Adepoju.

Well done to Georgina Pettifer who passed her Junior Black belt grading with flying colours!

Here are the House results~ for Year 7 and 8 from throughout the year. Well done to all house captains and vice- captains. The latest results include events from sports day; all the students were a credit to themselves and the PE department on sports day.

Year 7 final house standings.                                     

1st place – Orange house – 800 points                          

2nd place – Red house –     710 points

3rd place – Green house –  690 points

4th place – Blue house –     650 points

5th place – White house –   550 points

6th place – Yellow house – 500 points

Year 8 final house standings.

1st – Blue house –      730

2nd – Green house –   650

3rd – Orange house – 640

4th – Yellow house –   560

5th – White house –    530

6th – Red house –       510

                                                                                    Mr Newman - PE Department


A huge~ well done to the Year 7 & 8 rounders team, who played some fantastic rounders last Thursday in the borough competition. They just missed out on 2nd place by one rounder! Well done girls! Well done to the Year 9 girls who came 4th on the day.

Miss Boatwright & Miss Hawker, PE Department


Dates to remember

Friday, 1 September 2017 – non-pupil day

Monday, 4 September 2017 – Start of Autumn Term: non-pupil day

Tuesday, 5 September 2017 - Year 7 start school at 8.30am and report to the Wendy Owen Hall

Tuesday, 5 September 2017 - Years 12 and 13 start school at 9.15am and report to Wendy Owen Hall

Tuesday, 5 September 2017 - Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 start school at 10am and report to Learning Bases


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