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21/07/24

Please take some time to peruse our brilliant Summer Term newsletter. Our school community is just incredible.💚https://t.co/8Ml67pGRei

19/07/24

Just want to say a massive thank you to everyone that donated to our teacher bbq today to give our teachers & staff a well deserved thank you for all their hard work & dedication to our kids.Have a great summer everyone💚#ESJFamily

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18/07/24

A brilliant sports day! And gorgeous weather to accompany it. Thank you to the PE department for the excellent organisation. 🎽👟 pic.twitter.com/XT3wTPpMK2

11/07/24

Just been to see Alice in Wonderland at it was a truly spectacular performance! Everyone involved should be so proud of themselves. Well done and thank you for an outstanding production

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10/07/24

Another brilliant Taster Day for Year 5s. We hope you enjoyed your day and got a flavour of what ESJ is like! We look forward to seeing lots of you at our Open Evening on Thursday 12th September. 💚 pic.twitter.com/Wv59d5hOol

09/07/24

Well done to each and every one of you who took part today, it’s an amazing achievement to raise so much for this great cause!! This will go a long way to help those of us with cancer live longer & It means a lot to us all.. so thank you everyone 😊 Jo Hudgell x

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09/07/24

The opening show of Alice in Wonderland was wonder-ful! A super ensemble cast, excellent musical performances, a professional tech crew, and some beautiful artwork brought Lewis Caroll's masterpiece to life! So very impressive! Please do come along on Thursday night! pic.twitter.com/n7OvUJPlLq

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09/07/24

A big thank you to who was the driving force behind today’s . You were an inspiration to our students today. We wanted 5k for 5k and our school community did it! pic.twitter.com/JN2s00npo2

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09/07/24

Now the turn of the runners! Very proud of our students pic.twitter.com/eMp8VkF0LJ

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09/07/24

Ms Perry and I just finished our 12.5 laps walk for Race for Life 👚! Donate, donate https://t.co/xM1u76leSg pic.twitter.com/mOYGcbMk4H

09/07/24

Good luck everyone! We hope you enjoy the Race 💗

09/07/24

Incredible fundraising event! We are so very proud of our walkers and runners! 💚 https://t.co/JNzwN1dsBA

08/07/24

Last push for donations before the big Race for Life! We are so proud of all students that have signed up fornthis brilliant charity event. 💚💗 https://t.co/Ul1EyLXEQk

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08/07/24

Today we're focusing on music in Forest!Come and join us in September on Mondays at our Community Centre at .Includes our FREE vocal group, plus lessons in Piano, Voice and others.Register for next term here: https://t.co/ExXEBsFYHL pic.twitter.com/KbpXdIFTcj

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04/07/24

We had our very own mock General Election today. 6th Form Politics and History Students led the campaigns for the different parties and officiated the polling, which took place throughout the day. The Diamond Party won a marginal victory! 🗳 📣 💎 pic.twitter.com/3Rd1odmNor

03/07/24

Thank you to our wonderful parents/carers for joining us at the last forum of the year. As always, your views are welcomed. Minutes will be on the website tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/s8qHbP5Efp

02/07/24

A brilliant taster of what is to come! Students and staff are buzzing about this production. 💚 https://t.co/LfhADiXCKw

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02/07/24

This Friday our wonderful ESJ students and staff will be running Race for Life. 🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♂️ 💚💗 Please donate to this very worthy cause: https://t.co/UzzxyEKoYH

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01/07/24

A beautiful celebration of our students' achievements. A very proud evening for our ESJ community 💚 pic.twitter.com/1IZdtOwCfj

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28/06/24

A brilliant Transition Day for our incoming Year 7s. You behaved impeccably and made us proud. You were committed to new learning and had fun along the way. We are excited to welcome you back in September. pic.twitter.com/TFDuqL5P7n

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LGBTQ+ Pride Day

LGBTQ+ Pride Day

Posted: 7th February 2022

Epping St John's Church of England School is taking pride in the diversity of its community as students marked the start of LGBTQ+ History Month with a Pride Day.

The school set up a Diversity Team this year to work on a vision to become a community that not only tolerates difference, but celebrates it.

The day included sessions on unconscious bias and the impact on stereotyping different demographics; a lesson on the science behind how our brains work and why we need to challenge societal constructs; and time to reflect on the need to think before we speak or act.

Students also took part in a session on why it is important to be an ally, looked at stereotypes in sport, before each year group walked with the LGBTQ+ community to St John’s Church Epping.

Faye Clarke, lead practitioner, said: “We walked through the church to significantly diminish that stereotype that you cannot be both religious and LGBTQ+. We then stamped our support onto a cross using colourful thumb prints, eventually creating two Rainbow Crosses which will sit proudly in St John’s Church Epping and our school. This had a huge impact on everyone involved.

“Epping St John’s first Pride Day will be memorable for all involved, but this is just the beginning. We are at the start of a journey of change, but today has given us positive foundations to build upon.”

 

The Rev Lee Batson, of St John’s Church Epping, said: “It was an enormous privilege for us to play our part in the Pride Day with Epping St John’s. It’s such an important statement that we believe all people matter because they are made in the image of God, and that no one should be made to feel less than they are because of how they identify themselves.”

 

A sixth form student who identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community said: “I remember the days when support was just sticking up a Stonewall poster and today I watched as students walked with flags, banners and pride. I’m so proud to belong to this school.”

 

Amber Cox, Year 13 student, said: “Epping St John’s Pride Day offered an opportunity for both students and teachers to engage in important discussions on sexuality and gender identity. People were given the chance to voice their questions and, in response, others were keen to educate.

“The Pride walk not only highlighted great allyship, but it importantly represented the support from the church. This vital day acted as a pivotal moment for the school’s journey in challenging prejudice surrounding the LGBTQ+ community and its fight to create a safer space for the students of Epping St John’s.”

 

Izzy Goff, Year 8 student, said: “Pride Day was an amazing day where everyone could learn about equality and how to treat each other respectfully, no matter their gender, sexuality or sexual orientation. It was an opportunity for everyone to educate themselves on how to treat others with respect and equality.

“The session on unconscious bias was fascinating because it is opinions our brain makes without us even knowing and how much our unconscious bias affects our decisions in everyday life.

“My favourite part of the day was the march up to the church because everyone was included in an activity which connected our school, the church and the wider LGBTQ+ community.”

 

Mike Yerosimou, head of school, said: “Today will make lasting impressions and a positive difference to students’ lives. We will continue to ensure that every member of our family feels safe, supported and celebrated.”

 

 

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