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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

13/12/18

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ESJPE

Could not be more of our year 9s! They have made it to the u14s Essex Cup quarter finals after a 2-1 victory against FitzWimarc in the last 16. Fantatsic way for us to finish the year. 2 games away from the final!

13/12/18

A teenager’s artistic view on Brexit has seen her win a competition. Zoe Warner, Year 10 at Epping St John’s, has been picked as the overall winner of the Take pArt Challenge for her work looking at how the Brexit vision may evolve. https://t.co/LvdmggrvMv https://t.co/KFU8IPWrgj

12/12/18

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Miss Petrou

A day full of celebration today. Almost 200 students from all year groups were rewarded by watching a Christmas film and over 50 individual Year 7s were awarded for a great term! https://t.co/KNmgLy2AfW

12/12/18

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ESJStudent_Lead_2018

Didn't get the chance to read this month's edition of the student newsletter in SMSC? Don't fret! It's available online HERE! https://t.co/Avv66DFh7W https://t.co/cF95o6PKHH

12/12/18

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Mr Y

Yet another packed house for yet another sensational performance. is alive, kicking & going from strength to strength. Our students are amazing. A massive ‘Thank You’ to & her brilliant team! https://t.co/mSbAfDbgFF

11/12/18

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Epping St Johns PTA

Busy night at Well Done to all the cast and Staff❤️ We were very busy serving drinks raising funds for our wonderful school 🥂🥤🍩 https://t.co/84QXYXKX62

11/12/18

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The Johnson Family

Well our first show certainly lived up to expectations! We've heard how good they are, now we've seen it with our own 👀!! Outstanding! 💐 💐 💐 👏👏👏

11/12/18

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ESJ - CPI Faculty

Great day rehearsing for Epping on Broadway which is now officially a sell out performance! We can’t wait to show how talented we are tomorrow. (heads up: we will be seating those with tickets first and assessing situation prior to on-the-door sales.) https://t.co/r5mhy5RL8y

11/12/18

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Miss Petrou

Year 7s back stage and ready for the show https://t.co/aItjruPmbo

11/12/18

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NCSC UK

Registration is now open for the most anticipated cyber security competition of the year! Girls from across the country will pit their code-breaking skills against one another in a series of online challenges to crown the UK’s brightest minds https://t.co/9Ld6DYeUEi https://t.co/BJVvexG6Ew

10/12/18

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Mr Y

Vote number 59! The brilliant Christmas Tree at the Epping Christmas Tree competition https://t.co/uKvzPUStt7

10/12/18

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Epping St Johns PTA

It's been a busy term for the ESJ PTA; have a read of our first ever newsletter to find out what we've been up to and get some key dates for your diary for the New Year! https://t.co/g3tr5AYPSV https://t.co/mJPrijJhka

07/12/18

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SaferEssexRoads

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07/12/18

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Miss K Driver

The ESJ Christmas tree is up! Well done to the art club and year 11 for helping to make the decorations, Santa being pulled on his sleigh by his reindeer! 😂 GO ALONG AND VOTE FOR US! https://t.co/SxmGd4tmQ5

06/12/18

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ESJPE

Could not be more of my year 7 girls They won their second round fixture of the (National Football Cup) 17 - 0. we better get fundraising for some stash.

30/11/18

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EFYC

Last chance to vote. Is there a young person you know in the Epping Forest District who deserves to be the next Epping Forest Young Citizen of the Year 2019? https://t.co/FLqLtf7Nn7

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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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