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30/11/20

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Miss Viccars

Join us for some festive family fun before we break up for xmas! Fundraising for our PTA and bringing the community together... the ESJ virtual quiz night is on 11th December, hosted by the one and only ! Buy your tickets here: https://t.co/NjpOW2q6KT https://t.co/1u2h3dlQYx

29/11/20

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Miss Viccars

Amazing! ⭐️ https://t.co/D8DtnL1hKn

28/11/20

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Ms Horner

Fantastic revision resource, year 10 and 11. Get watching! https://t.co/4ANgDwwVYO

27/11/20

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ESJStudentLead

Had a really informative and productive meeting yesterday with the entire Student Leadership Team. Can’t wait for us to bring the ideas we discussed to life! Watch out!

27/11/20

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Ms F Clarke

Oo I’m excited to see!

27/11/20

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CathyP

Oh bless you. Thank you SO much. T has something he’s been working on all day to send you 🥰

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27/11/20

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Donna Horncastle

maybe need more inset days...lots of home done Eco resort https://t.co/xR5FJmKlwq

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27/11/20

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Cristin Casey Music

Looking for the producers' copy of FL Studio for 2 students. Does anyone in internet land have any links/discount codes? https://t.co/17LXfZ97v6

27/11/20

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Miss Viccars

Shopping for Black Friday? Help support our PTA by shopping via https://t.co/Wti8kM84ya - nominated charity is Epping St John's PTA. You can also support by shopping on https://t.co/DU2wp58dzn too! A portion of your purchase will be donated to PTA. :)

26/11/20

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Miss Viccars

From StLT to an evening with the Parent Carer Forum! What an invaluable group of parents they are - celebrating successes and providing feedback to help us as we continue to adapt. Thank you for joining us tonight!

26/11/20

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Adam Smith

Thank you Ms Horner and Ms Howlett, I thought your presentation was really informative. Our students are lucky to have such a brilliant English department. Hopefully we get a lot of students taking A-level English next year. https://t.co/4P6FIm7ZYV

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26/11/20

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Ms Horner

Some lovely feedback coming in about or subject information live event. https://t.co/oyHoZccYi6

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26/11/20

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Miss Viccars

42 members of giving up their evening to discuss the Student Council survey results and set a plan of action for next term! They’ve been so proactive this term despite restrictions. Could not be prouder of them. 🥰 https://t.co/vgjk1fXajj

26/11/20

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Ms Horner

Here's your reminder to join us live for our year 11 subject information evening. We look forward to speaking with you. https://t.co/z7cyFo3VyQ

26/11/20

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ShoeSu

Meant to tweet before to say thank you for the blazers. They are extremely smart 😊

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25/11/20

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MrFitten

Here it is Ho Ho House Christmas Card competition submit your designs to the Art Department by 7th Dec 🎅🧑‍🎄🤶🎄 https://t.co/2sDOZb6EpS

25/11/20

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ESJ Reading Race

This will help you knowledge in psychology and health social care. ⁦⁩ ⁦https://t.co/9FlJ5CrGvS

25/11/20

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ESJ Reading Race

This links to geography ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ! https://t.co/d1Mzkwv03D

25/11/20

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Mrs O’Boyle

Thank you to Reverend Lee Batson for the assembly to celebrate ‘Christ the King’ delivered live to all students this week https://t.co/DuwoU1Kcfg

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25/11/20

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Ms Horner

Some excellent TEAMs contributions from year 11 as we revised the significance of 'the ring' and Sheila's character in the opening act of An Inspector Calls. https://t.co/iXFQoOWPeF

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Parents praise school for settling new students

Parents praise school for settling new students

Posted: 23rd October 2020

Parents of the newest cohort of children to join our school are praising the way they have been settled in during the pandemic.

Students joining Year 7 of Epping St John’s Church of England School in September made the transition during a unique time, with restrictions in place and the virtual world used as a new communication tool.

As parents of Year 6 pupils prepare to make their final selection of secondary schools before the November 1 deadline, Year 7 parents have spoken of their happiness at their school choice.

Jodie Newman’s son Ellis joined Year 7 this year. She said about the transition during the pandemic: “The school sent regular transition newsletters, introducing staff, showing photos of areas of the school along with other news, to give a flavour of life at Epping St John’s, along with a virtual form class meeting. I thought they did a great job in a challenging set of circumstances.

“We both felt pretty confident as there was such clear and regular communication. Previously visiting the school on the open evenings last year, and hearing positive stories about students already at the school, set us in good stead.

“From a parent’s perspective, it’s been great. Again, the communication from school has been excellent and in terms of the learning, there is an understandable focus on PSHE alongside the other subjects. Having participated in the parent forum this term and seen how open the school is to the parent and student voice, I was particularly impressed with the speed with which ideas that will benefit the children are thought through and introduced.

“My son has settled well and I think he has been made to feel really welcome and given time to get to know his form mates. What could have been a challenging time has been a smooth transition.

“I think the familiarity that we already felt with the school helped, with several online opportunities to hear from the senior staff, the parent forum and a real sense of welcome from all the staff to Year 7 has contributed positively to the settling in period.”

Kelly Goldie’s son Callum is another new Year 7 student. She said: “Epping St John’s prepared Callum well for joining Year 7. We had a couple of virtual calls with updates and he had a chance to meet his form teacher. We received weekly newsletters full of information and the teachers introduced themselves which was great and very useful for Callum to get familiar with teachers’ faces. Having a transition booklet to complete and tasks to do during the summer, made him feel he was part of Epping St John’s already.

“We feel we were kept well informed on Callum starting school, especially as they were not able to experience the usual transition process. Receiving weekly updates and being able to contact the school at any point with questions made us, as parents, feel reassured.

“Callum was nervous when he started, however after just his first day he came home with a smile on his face as he was made to feel comfortable and happy. After the first week, he said how lovely and friendly all of the teachers were.

“Having the first two days in school for Year 7 only, it was great for them to start and it gave him confidence.

“Callum is enjoying his timetable and new subjects and has embraced his learning. From the point of arriving in school to leaving school, we know that despite the set-up being different and not ideal, everything is in place to keep our son safe and happy going forward.”

Michael Yerosimou, head of school, said: “While school selection for next year’s Year 7 is having to be done in these unique and less than ideal circumstances, it is pleasing to hear our newest cohort of Year 7 students – who have joined the school in the same uncertain time – are thriving.”

The deadline for applying for a place at Epping St John’s Church of England School is November 1.

All Virtual Open Evening activities and videos, including the brand new Minecraft tour of the school, can be viewed here.

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