Within the month of January

Within the month of January our students took part in the following activities:


Students in Years 7-11 received PSCHE lessons on the topics of:

PSCHE topics – 

  • Year 7 –   Puberty, Emotions and Personal Hygiene, The Holocaust
  • Year 8 –   Random Acts of Kindness, Media, Body Image, The Holocaust
  • Year 9 –   British Values, Options, Radicalisation, Knife Crime
  • Year 10 –  Exam Stress, Self Harm , Human Rights, Healthy Relationships
  • Year 11 – Sexting, Post 16, CSE and Grooming, Interview Skills


Assemblies covered –

  • Year 11 –  National Citizenship Service, Holocaust Memorial Day
  • Year 10 –  Values, Celebrating Diversity, Holocaust Memorial Day
  • Year 9 –    Options
  • Year 8 –   Celebrating Diversity, Holocaust Memorial Day
  • Year 7 –   Values, Celebrating Diversity, Gideons


Whole School Literacy Focus:

Words of the week


  • Venerable –

accorded a great deal of respect, especially because of age, wisdom or character.


  • Meticulous –

showing great attention to detail; precise.


  • Apoplectic –

overcome with anger, furious


  • Civil: courteous and polite.

The students always spoke in a civil manner.


  • Defy: resist or disobey.

The group has continued to defy all attempts to stop them.


  • Garner: gather or collect.

The police struggled to garner sufficient evidence.


  • Connoisseur – An expert judge in matters of taste.

A connoisseur of music.


  • Galore – In abundance.

There were opportunities galore.


  • Epiphany – A moment of sudden and great realisation.

The student experienced an epiphany: working hard made him cleverer!


  • Eloquent – fluent or persuasive in speaking or writing.

He gave an eloquent speech.


  • Decomposition – the state or process of rotting; decay.

The decomposition of organic waste.


  • Affiliate – a person or organization officially attached to a larger body.

The firm established links with American affiliates.


Grammar Guidance – Your and You’re

  • Your means ‘Belonging  to you’ – You left your coffee on top of your car
  • You’re is a contraction of ‘you are’ – You’re going to get sleepy with your dose of caffine.


Pupils took part in several events, including:


Wednesday 8th January –

  • Year 11 Year Group and Form Photos

Wednesday 15th January –

  • Year 11 Futures Evening, 6.00pm – 8.00pm  

Monday 20th January –

  • Secondary Dance Competition

Tuesday 21st January –

  • Year 8  Leadership Academy, Bower Park School, 12.00pm – 3.30pm
  • Year 10 Anti Bullying Training, Southend School for Girls, 7.30am-5.00pm

Thursday 23rd January –

  • Year 11 Parents’ Evening, 4.00pm-7.00pm

Monday 27th January –

  • Jack Petchey Latin American Workshop, Dance Studio, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Essex Cricket Tapeball Launch Event, Essex County Cricket Ground, 8.30am-3.30pm

Wednesday 29th January –

  • Year 8 Leadership Academy, Hornchurch Sports Centre, 8.00am – 4.00pm

Thursday 30th January –

  • Year 9 Parents’ Evening, 4.00pm-7.00pm

Friday 31st January –

  • Inset Day