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22/03/19

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nibs buses

Service 494 to has been delayed this morning between Passinford Bridge and Adbridge. This is due to a RTC. Coach will get thru once road is clear!!

21/03/19

Correction: Year 8 Parents Evening is this coming Monday 25th March, 3:30-6:30. New books from our Book Fair will be on sale! https://t.co/1hGtFzGelp

21/03/19

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414 Epping Squadron

Don’t forget our recruitment evening tonight at 1945hrs. We are looking for enthusiastic young people who want a new challenge to join our squadron. We hope to see you there!

21/03/19

working with our wonderful Year 12s to become Hope Not Hate Ambassadors and spread the message of respect, acceptance & family https://t.co/0jekeBAhCW

21/03/19

Our wonderful Year 7s learning Numeracy Skills https://t.co/9ixMrr11SS

20/03/19

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ESJ - CPI Faculty

Thanks so much yet again for supporting us for yet another year. We are so grateful. https://t.co/jh5JW6R0mH

20/03/19

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BMAT Science

Amazing year 7s at presenting thier zoo enclosures they made for homework for . https://t.co/O80lIMNgRk

20/03/19

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Millers Estate Agent

Easter 🐣 raffle 🍫 We are raising funds for ESJ’s Show High School Musical! Raffle tickets for sale at 65 High Street, Epping and will also be available at School soon. https://t.co/zWAYmRCXMI

20/03/19

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ESJ - CPI Faculty

Tickets are selling quickly - don't miss out if you're planning on coming to watch! https://t.co/ctfb3XfdTP

20/03/19

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nibs buses

Service 494 to has been delayed by very heavy traffic between Passinford Bridge and Adbridge. At the moment the bus is about half way between the 2.

19/03/19

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Ruthie Banning

thank you for such positive feedback on our first parents evening as Y7 parents

19/03/19

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C Hines

A great parents evening at Wonderful to hear how well Charlie has been doing since starting in September. Beyond proud. 😃

19/03/19

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Natalie Revell

Some fantastic work being done by year 11’a today! 🙌👩🏼‍🏫 https://t.co/zGvut30DtO

18/03/19

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414 Epping Squadron

Are you aged 12-18? Fancy a new challenge? 414 Epping Squadron have an open evening this Thursday at 7.45pm come and see what we do! davenantfs… https://t.co/dEmPCNUyQ1

18/03/19

ESJ will be open as normal for all students tomorrow (Tuesday 19th March). Thank you for your understanding and support today.

18/03/19

Teachers of Years 7, 8 & 9 are uploading today’s lessons on to ‘Show My Homework’. Please ask your children to log in at home so that they don’t miss out on learning today. Thank you for your continued support!

18/03/19

Epping St John’s is closed for Years 7, 8 & 9 today. This is due to a serious flood in school. If your child has already made their way to school we will look after them until they can be collected. We will keep you up to date with plans for tomorrow throughout the day

16/03/19

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Ms Horner

It certainly was eventful! https://t.co/J7TzLsx84l

14/03/19

Teenagers are being inspired to strive for their chosen career paths. Year 12 and 13 students at Epping St John’s School have received visits from representatives from the world of law, the NHS and the Ministry of Justice to discuss career options. https://t.co/Oxg8MXUqnK https://t.co/WUkEymU4b6

12/03/19

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ESJ - CPI Faculty

When you try and get a nice photo of the team for the big screen at Motiv8... 🤦🏼‍♀️ (this collapsed one second later after some imbalance!) Dance Company make me so proud. Rehearsing for two shows at the same time like absolute pros. https://t.co/1nHjKgviPf

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Literacy Drive At ESJ

Literacy Drive At ESJ

Posted: 11th June 2018

Epping St John’s School has been on a journey of transformation over the last couple of years, with students achieving the best results in the school’s history last summer.

As work continues to improve further, a focus has been put on to reading and writing.

Serife Horner, head of English and lead practitioner for literacy, said: “The whole culture at Epping St John’s School is changing and students want to get involved in literacy. They have lost that embarrassment around reading books and they will happily sit around school and read.

“I have been working closely with my colleagues in other departments, so we are all pushing literacy together. In maths, we have displayed an alphabet of key terms, including visual aids for our students with English as an additional language. In history, we created visual glossaries of key historical vocabulary and in art, we are focusing on how to improve students’ ability to write about specific artistic styles and their own work for GCSE and A-level exams.

“What we want is for our students to be able to compete with everyone on a global scale, irrespective of their background or access to a library.”

Initiatives introduced at the school include –

* a three-stage reading programme, which started with encouraging students to read for pleasure by looking at play adaptations of classics, which were read in class while focusing on tone of voice. Further reading age tests showed some students made two years’ worth of progress within seven months. The second stage, which has just started, focuses on fluency and students’ ability to read aloud without losing meaning. Students are listening to audio books, stopping regularly to discuss tone of voice and impact of punctuation. The third stage will see students reading for comprehension; reading both fiction and non-fiction and drawing explicit and implicit meanings from them.

* Year 7 to 9 students enjoy the opportunity to DEAR (Drop Everything and Read), where everything stops at a certain time of the day for students to pick up a book and read for ten minutes. The success of the scheme was demonstrated when £600 was raised during a book fair, compared to a goal set of £300. The scheme will be rolled out to the rest of the school.

* A display board spells out the “Dirty 30” most commonly misspelled words and students in all year groups are tested on them each term.

* A word of the week is shared around the school and students challenged to use it in their work. Teachers look out for the word and send celebratory notes home when students make use of their new-found vocabulary.

* World Book Day was spread across a whole week at the school to celebrate reading. Students took part in a book scavenger hunt where they had to track down teachers who had their favourite book titles written on them, sparking conversations about books to read. The whole school completed a reading relay where an extract from a short story was read at the end of every lesson, so the whole story was completed by lunch for students to discuss during SMSC time.

A trip to Harry Potter World is on the calendar for Year 7 students to complement their study of the text and the department also hopes to welcome in authors, to hear from advertising specialists who will speak with students about the language they use in their work, as well as challenging students to not judge a book by its cover, allowing them to choose books just from their synopsis.

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