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Issue No. 237

10 February 2017
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It has been ACE assemblies this week and what a fantastic way to end the half term. The confetti bombs, music, students smiling and singing, and getting rewarded, in the form of certificates, for all their hard work. As Craig Revell Horwood would say AMAZING! Something else that is worth a mention, to say the least, are the achievements of our basketball teams. We are in three Essex finals this year. Our under-14 team beat Eastwood on Monday night to win their final. They have also reached the last eight, YES, the quarterfinals of the National Championships - WOW! For further news of the Year 9 team’s triumphs, please see the PE report overleaf. This week also saw the first cohort of our High-5 initiative with our primary feeder schools receive their certificates. Finally, a huge thank you for all your support this half term; it has flown by. Don’t forget to support your sons and daughters as they attend the revision sessions put on for Year 11 to 13 students: the exam season is fast approaching. Have a good break.

Expect Excellence

Mr M Schofield, Headteacher

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Ski Trip 2018~ Letters for the 2018 Ski Trip (next year) will be available from week beginning Monday, 20 February 2017. The 2018 trip will be going to Austria during February half term – 9 to 17 February 2018.

Mr M Root

CPDL Business & Computing


The MFL~ department is now on Twitter @mflshoeburyness – Follow us for news and information about all things languages!

The MFL team


English GCSE support for Year 11~ will be starting straight after half term. Every Monday and Friday, beginning on 20 February, the English department will be providing after-school GCSE support for Year 11 students, with English Language on Mondays and English Literature on Fridays. Times and places will be confirmed very soon, but students should be ready to attend these sessions at 3:10pm on those days.


English Literature GCSE~ curriculum studies have now been completed with the students in Year 11. We shall, of course, be revising the texts and preparing students thoroughly for the exams in class. However, as time (between now and the exams themselves) does not allow for the total re-reading of the set texts in lesson times, students must make sure that they either buy themselves their own copy of the set texts or get access to them via the internet. They can then read the texts themselves so that they know them inside out. Please remember: students are not allowed to have the texts with them in the exams, so they must have a detailed knowledge of each book. The titles are:

“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, “An Inspector Calls” by J. B. Priestley, “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare and the fifteen poems from the GCSE poetry anthology (which has already been issued to each student).

Mrs M Buck

CPDL English


Well done~ to both our Year 10 and Year 13 Performing Arts classes who had their assessment shows this week. Both groups ‘wowed’ their audiences and put on brilliant performances. Just a reminder to all Year 11 Performing Arts students that there is a compulsory catch-up party on Tuesday, 21 February. This is the first Tuesday back after half term, so please try and get a lot of work done over the holidays so that improvements can be made at the catch-up session.

West End performers – tickets for our performance at the Royal Albert Hall will go on sale on at 10am Monday, 27 February. These can be purchased from www.royalalberthall.com.

Miss Young

Theatre Arts


ACE Assemblies~ Our Assemblies Celebrating Endeavour (ACE) assemblies this term have seen a record number of certificates given out, with Year 7 receiving a whopping 895 for the whole year group! These assemblies are vital for our students who regularly work hard and show a good work ethic. Keep up the good work everyone- can we reach the 900 mark???



PE News~ Year 9 Basketball. Congratulations to the Year 9 basketball team, which has gone from strength to strength this season, and the lads have made it all the way to the league final! They have had some impressive victories along the way. Last week they beat both Eastwood and Cecil Jones; these results are on top of their already beating Southend High School for Boys and St Thomas More! The final will be played after half term against Eastwood with the venue to be decided.

Mr Newman and Mr Seaman


Girls’ Football~ Well done to our Year 7 teams, who both had convincing wins in their matches against Southchurch.

Sports Hall Athletics~ for all Girls Tuesday lunch times.  Girls club swimming every Thursday 3.15pm-4.15pm.

Ms Hawker

Netball links~ Girls who are interested in taking netball to the next level should really consider joining a local netball club. Here are a couple of links to local clubs.




Ms Hawker


Year 7~ The House swimming competition will be held on Wednesday, 22 February after school. Each house needs to enter a swimmer for the following events: 40m front crawl, 40m backstroke and 40m breaststroke, as well as an extra member for a relay race. The boys’ and girls’ competitions will take place on the same day after school. House captains and vice captains are responsible for organising their own team for their own gender. This will also be good practice for the borough championships, which take place in March.

Mr Nolde

U14 Premier~ National Schools Central Winners. On Friday, the Under-14 basketball academy, consisting of students in Years 8 and 9, embarked on a three and a half hour journey to Nottingham to play at the Wildcats’ Arena. They needed to secure a victory to win the central division and go through to the final eight teams in England. After the long, tiring journey, Shoeburyness Scorpions were ready for the big game ahead of them. The Nottingham Hoods had amazing facilities consisting of three basketball courts and a large seating area; it was also the home for professional WBBL team. The game started tremendously with Shoebury putting lots of pressure on Nottingham from the very start. This positive start led to a 21 point lead at half time. At the start of the third quarter Nottingham came out with a battle to get the game back. Our captain was a threat from the start, so Nottingham’s best player had to personally lock him down. Nottingham played very well and they managed to close the gap to 5 points with one minute remaining in the last quarter. Shoebury unfortunately turned the ball over and Nottingham capitalised on this by bringing it to just a 3 point game with seconds remaining. Scorpions next possession lead to a shooting foul and the chance to take two free throws. We missed the first shot but made the second to take it back up to a 4-point game. Nottingham urgently rushed up the court and scored an amazing 3 pointer. This, however, was not enough as the time expired giving Shoebury a 1 point victory. This now means we advance to the National Quarter Finals.

A brilliant achievement and congratulations to the players: well deserved for all their hard work.

Mr  Seaman


Dates for your diary

Monday, February 13 to Friday, February 17 – Half Term break

Thursday, 23 February – Year 9 Options Evening

Thursday, 23 March – Year 11 Parents’ Evening

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