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15/01/19

Our wonderful A-Level Geographers with Miss Clarke on their coastal field trip to Dorset https://t.co/GWC5eN8kX1

13/01/19

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Mr. P Cooper

Not many Science departments can say they have a in their team 🥳 https://t.co/3oCa50qUNz

13/01/19

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Miss K Driver

Art intervention in full swing with year 11 and year 13, the first Saturday session back for the term! The Art Exam has begun, let’s do this! 👊🏼💪🏼✍🏼🎨🥇 https://t.co/KwXCv7YPhA

11/01/19

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Miss E

Year 11 Saturday school tomorrow is for science, PE and Art from 9 to 12pm. Sign at main reception and wait for your teacher.

11/01/19

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Mrs RS

The sheer relief when the final UCAS application is sent off. Its up to the decision Gods in the Cosmos to get us those offers back and you guys to put in the graft to achieve the grades needed. https://t.co/GvaAmRPdgu

10/01/19

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Epping St John’s Sixth Form

The Breakout Zone is back in the swing of things this morning! https://t.co/vj0yn8YndF

10/01/19

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Miss Perry

Had the most amazing day with our year 11 Geographers! They were absolutely outstanding! Thank you Ms Clarke & Mr Hehir for organising! And to for Hosting& delivering our GCSE Field Trip! https://t.co/4YBIGza6Oo

09/01/19

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Mr Robinson

A reminder for those going on the Antony and Cleopatra trip tomorrow to meet at Epping Tube Station at 5pm in full school uniform!

09/01/19

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MsSexton

Don’t forget ESJ parent/carer forum this evening at 6pm at Epping St John’s School. Looking forward to another productive meeting

09/01/19

Looking forward to to seeing all our wonderful parents and carers at our Parent/Carer Forum this evening. 6pm start in WG1

09/01/19

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Miss Petrou

A selection of great castles from today. Watch this space for more in the next few weeks! https://t.co/xViXd3pH0O

08/01/19

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Mr Yerosimou

Incredible castles on display during the world-famous Year 7 today! The department is very of all of you! https://t.co/h8D3oJ8B0r

07/01/19

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Mr Y

New timetables will be issued to all students in form time tomorrow morning. Mr Hehir has sent a message to all parents/carers with more information

03/01/19

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BMAT

Happy New Year! The latest issue of Latitude - the magazine for BMAT Schools, Parents and Communities can be read online. Find it under the News section on all of our school websites, or click here - https://t.co/fI4OVPfToc https://t.co/4ybyOVcmfY

24/12/18

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C Hines

Wowzers - that was a busy ! I love our community and great to see leading the singing! https://t.co/yNG1zA0Njr

24/12/18

Our wonderful school choir performing at the carols on the green. A Merry Christmas to all! https://t.co/0Eb00EbF8A

19/12/18

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Mrs RS

Waking up to see so many of my lil ducklings receiving offers from unis, conditional AND unconditional. So exciting. Great xmas presents. https://t.co/qAuRBFaunU

15/12/18

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mary burges

wishing all the staff at ESJ a very happy and relaxing Christmas break. Thank you for all that you do 😊

15/12/18

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St Johns Church Epping

Merry Christmas to our favourite secondary school have a peaceful and joyus break 💚

15/12/18

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Ben Murphy CC

This morning I visited & said a prayer of thanks for the staff . In the face of adversity our have rallied together to keep student progress at the centre of all that they do. I wish you & your families a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year. https://t.co/zElqhhQRpm

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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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