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22/10/21

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Epping Primary

So impressive! Well done everyone!

22/10/21

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Epping Primary

We spy some former pupils there - always brilliant to see they're doing so well in their school career. Well done all of you!

22/10/21

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PAPYRUS

This is incredible! Thank you so much for your wonderful support 💜

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22/10/21

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Everything Epping Forest

A day at Epping St John's School dedicated to raising awareness of mental health has so far raised over £4,000 for Papyrus, a national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. https://t.co/iWtb3N8tMF https://t.co/Nb3QhLGxZ8

22/10/21

We are so proud of our school community. 💚 https://t.co/6dYY6055di

21/10/21

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Mr Reeves

So proud of all the staff and students involved in this fundraiser. Massive thanks to the ESJ community, the staff and students and our friends and families for all the donations. Totally worth the blisters! https://t.co/O8HPVTLnfT

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21/10/21

An amazing achievement. A running total of £4,000.00 and still counting, which will be donated to . The issue of mental health is of paramount importance, and we were all honoured to be part of this fundraising event. 💚 https://t.co/YMTKb6kUlX

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21/10/21

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Dee Conlon 💙💛

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20/10/21

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Epping St John’s Sixth Form

Round one of 6th Form Master Chef this afternoon. We were really blown away by the dishes. A big thank you to Mrs Marshall for running this enrichment for our Year 12 & 13 https://t.co/0B7S1WgviL

20/10/21

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West Essex SSP

Thank you leaders for all your hard work this morning.

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20/10/21

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BMAT

📢 We're Hiring! We've an exciting opportunity for someone to head up our information technology services across the trust. 🖥️ For a job description and information on how to apply, please visit https://t.co/JdnPyp6zSp https://t.co/FRbCShRUQd

19/10/21

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Adam Smith

Well done it was fantastic seeing the KS1 students at the school with our leaders. And thank you as usual it was a really well organised event. I hope it will be the first of many this year.

19/10/21

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mary burges

And it looks like all the students (leaders and players!) are doing a fine job 😃 I love the partnerships we have with our primaries; makes “big school” a much easier step to take.

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19/10/21

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Miss H Hennessy 🧚🏼‍♀️

It’s the KS1 Multi-Skills event today - the first event for all of our sports leaders! Take a look at them in action 👀 https://t.co/72SfPGaC5Q

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19/10/21

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Miss H Hennessy 🧚🏼‍♀️

Super proud of the sports leaders for leading their first primary school event today 😍 some fun leadership styles and amazing teamwork… Future coaches and teachers in the making🤩 https://t.co/XtgZwscTm9

15/10/21

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ESJ PE

A great 3-2 win by our Year9️⃣ footballers! They managed to hold onto the lead after 2 comeback goals and created many chances throughout the game! Fabulous work, well done!⚽️

15/10/21

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MrFitten

The entries for the Maths House competition have been collated. The correct number of triangles was 27🔺Winning Houses were Yr 7 Barker, Yr 8 Barker and Wright, Yr 9 Barker and Yr 11 Barker. So almost a Barker clean sweep!

14/10/21

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Mrs Christofi

Great trip for . Thank you for taking our students https://t.co/naXzIJ4bSB

14/10/21

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Jodie Newman

Thanks for you time, it’s great to have this sort of open communication.

08/10/21

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PAPYRUS

This is amazing! Thank you so much for your support 💜

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Children expand cultural capital in lockdown

Children expand cultural capital in lockdown

Posted: 26th January 2021

Children are enjoying expanding their cultural capital during lockdown - by visiting the Great Wall of China, scuba diving in California and watching a production on the Disney Cruise Liner.

While the country is in lockdown, students at Epping St John’s Church of England School are finding ways to tour the world without leaving their homes.

A virtual trips programme has been launched, offering students the opportunity to pick from a varied list of 50 visits they can complete online.

The list includes opportunities to –

  • explore the ice caves of Austria
  • see the polar bears of Canada and explore their habitat, before and after climate change
  • get a close-up of the crown jewels on a virtual tour of the Tower of London
  • use web cams to explore the Lake District
  • visit the world’s largest museum, Louvre in Paris
  • take a virtual tour of Sydney Olympic Park
  • watch a live streaming of Cirque du Soleil

Students are encouraged to take as many tours as possible while restrictions are in place preventing school trips.

Alex Boudakian, Year 7, has visited Arsenal Stadium, the White House and Chester Zoo, gone scuba diving in Southern California and watched the Disney production Tangled during lockdown.

He said: “Tangled was my favourite because the songs were very uplifting and the set was amazing. It was also good because I watched it with my family and it brought back good memories from before Covid-19 when we could all go to the theatre and cinema.

“It has been good to see different places around the world and to see things up close, but it has made me miss doing these things and going on holiday. It would be great to do these trips in person.”

Sarah Viccars, assistant headteacher, said: “Back in March, we had to cancel 12 trips due to the pandemic. As a school, we always have a packed calendar of trips for our students to take part in. Lockdown has meant our young people are missing out on so much culture. Yes, they are completing lessons and following the curriculum, plus we have expanded on that with our virtual enrichment clubs. But, they are missing out on the cultural capital they would usually gain on school trips. They have been without that now for nearly a year.

“In the spirit of trying to keep things positive and encouraging families to do things together at home, we have launched our virtual school trip programme.

“There is something for everyone.”

After every trip, students complete a review to feedback what they have gained from the experience.

Many are finding they are gaining more from the virtual experiences.

Miss Viccars said: “Going to the White House virtually, for example, was better for them remotely as they found they were not as restricted, they didn’t have to deal with crowds or go through security. They could also go back to bits they particularly liked or missed and do it all at their own pace. They are linking up on FaceTime and taking the trips with their friends, which is great.

“Remote learning is tough for students and for teachers. This enables us to offer something different in class, too. When teaching the Tempest to Year 7 for two hours, that is a full-on lesson, whether in class or remotely. It is great to be able to say to the class ‘let’s go for a tour of The Globe’ to support that learning.

“Some of these actual trips could not happen if we wanted them to, even without the pandemic. We would never be able to take students scuba diving in California or hiking in the Lake District. This lets them go one step further, like going into an animal enclosure at Chester Zoo. In that respect, some of these trips are better than we would normally be able to offer them face to face. I think the way trips work will completely change going forward, with physical trips supported with these unique virtual experiences.

“I want students to expand their knowledge, to be more aware and have more understanding. I want them to see the bigger picture and to realise there is more to life than what is going on around them in Epping. It is also a good opportunity for them to realise everyone around the world is affected by the pandemic, just like they are – the very reason most of these virtual trips are available now is because these places are closed to visitors.

“It is an opportunity to broaden their horizons beyond the curriculum. We are trying to find solutions to all the things the pandemic has taken away.”

Students receive ACE points for each trip they complete, which can be spent on treats at the end of the year.

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