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09/12/19

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Miss Viccars

The sound of applause echoed down the corridors and filled the hall of ⁦⁩ today. At 12.08PM, we all stood and clapped in memory of Harley. So proud of how respectful and empathetic our students are, our thoughts remain with all ⁦⁩. https://t.co/r79Tsn2UZ1

08/12/19

All at ESJ will be supporting this and applauding for Harley https://t.co/VdySnKEQd8

08/12/19

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EverythingEppingForest

Schools nationwide are invited to join a minute's applause for Harley Watson who died after being hit by a car outside in Essex. He was 12 and in Yr 8. The school has chosen 12.08pm for the applause. Please RT. If schools can video their applause please tweet to

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07/12/19

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Epping St Johns PTA

Thank you to everyone that helped, came and watched! From ESJ PTA we love our community ❤️⛸🍔🎄🥰 https://t.co/leBdiesSLj

07/12/19

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Miss Viccars

This event took so much time, preparation and hours of hard work. THANKYOU on behalf of everyone at . You are incredible and we are so lucky to have you.

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07/12/19

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Jannine Jacobs-Roth

A great event. Well done esj PTA. The school looked beautiful, the skating was great fun and the BBQ was delicious! https://t.co/1AYDG3T8DZ

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07/12/19

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Yoga Leggs

Skating ❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/w3Eqo3kvRj

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07/12/19

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Yoga Leggs

Somebody had so much fun leisure skating they went twice 👍 thanks ladies you pulled it off, well done it was a great community event 👏🎅🎄 https://t.co/WdZImFxTUc

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07/12/19

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Miss Viccars

So proud of for giving up their Saturday to raise money for the Y11 prom. What a great group of leaders. https://t.co/ievMcmwq5R

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07/12/19

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The Johnson Family

Thank you for your continued support ! She was delighted to receive this in the post, as were we! She’s had a good week, the show, this and she passed her piano grading as well! https://t.co/lmj7BOJCmW

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07/12/19

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Epping St Johns PTA

Not just skating today.... Lots of Xmas stalls here too!! https://t.co/mOaz8vKikU

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07/12/19

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Epping St Johns PTA

Let the skating commence!! 😁⛸ https://t.co/qN2M0HepFn

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07/12/19

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Miss Viccars

Our PTA are definitely better than yours! 😂 what they are doing here at ESJ is just incredible. Leisure rink is going up, festive stalls are being filled... mulled wine, BBQ, candy floss... Christmas has officially arrived at ! Such a great day ahead. https://t.co/ZHb3HohBi3

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07/12/19

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Epping St Johns PTA

Getting ready ⛸🎅🏼⛸❤️ https://t.co/o50W1WFSw9

06/12/19

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Kelly Clark

Busy morning at client today, with lots of positive stories to collect and share

06/12/19

We can’t wait for this! Please come and support our legendary PTA on Saturday... It promises to be great day https://t.co/i6Dfs8vxK8

06/12/19

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Epping St John’s Sixth Form

The application deadline to join our ever growing sixth form next year is Friday 13th December. Remember to apply online! https://t.co/eoUuPfTj3y

06/12/19

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ESJ - Performing Arts

To our Best of British performers... whether you’re a show regular or one of the many who performed for the first time, we are SO incredibly proud of you! The overwhelming amount of talent on that stage really proved how skilful and amazing you are.

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05/12/19

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Jes

Wow another amazing show Congratulations everyone! 🎉🎉🎉 https://t.co/0ej656bUN1

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05/12/19

Amazing show tonight. YET ANOTHER packed house for the ‘Best of British’ showcase. Students from Years 7-13 involved. ESJ at its very best. We are so proud of each & every one of them https://t.co/G5xNENXP0k

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Epping St John's school reconnects with faith

Epping St John's school reconnects with faith

Posted: 9th October 2019

Epping St John’s Church of England School is reconnecting with its faith and urging students, staff and parents to get on board.

Eposi Ewome, senior acting assistant headteacher, said: “We want the community, parents and students to know who we are and what we are about. One of our drivers is to live well together as a family and so we want to emphasise the importance of building on those relationships. We are here for our students and for their families.

“We are practising some of the things that are linked to Christian beliefs, including reflection and prayer. We want students to understand that Christians accept when things go wrong and ask for forgiveness through prayer. We want them to understand that if they do something wrong, they have to acknowledge it, ask for forgiveness and accept the consequences. That is our way of supporting their growth.”

Local clergy are now spending time in the school every week to give an opportunity for students, staff and parents to ask questions or to simply be there if needed.

A chaplaincy room has been set up to provide a dedicated area for reflection for those of all faiths, not just Christians.

Rev John Fry, vicar of Theydon parish, and Rev Lee Batson, rector of Epping and Area Dean, represent the church in school twice a week.

Rev Fry said: “We are providing a presence in school and acting as a spiritual resource for students and staff. We feel quite honoured to be trusted by the school and we value that.

“We hope the young people will realise vicars are normal people and that we provide a safe space to complement the existing pastoral support they receive in school. It’s recognising there is a spiritual dimension to every human being and enabling people to access that. It’s about having a positive encounter with Christianity and seeing there is something in the value of religion.

“It is not for everyone. But, for young people exploring themselves and growing their spiritual identity, this is an opportunity for them to discover what might provide fulfilment for them.”

Assemblies will be held to celebrate all religious festivals, with students asked to bow their heads in respect when it is the turn of a faith they do not follow.

The school has also introduced a new moto – Aspirational, Courageous, Exceptional (ACE) – with a rewards system to further encourage students to behave in a positive way.

Students can collect ACE points to swap for trips, vouchers, sports equipment and stationery.

Mrs Ewome said: “We want to take the focus away from negative behaviour and instead acknowledge when students do something positive. They can be small acts of kindness, opening a door for someone, saying good morning, making someone smile or helping a peer who does not know where they are going.

“We are looking to boost children’s confidence and show them by doing nice things they will be rewarded. We are trying to get away from detentions and to focus on reward, reward, reward. That creates an environment of wanting to do more.”

The new focus was outlined to parents during expectations evenings.

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