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22/02/19

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ShoeSu

Just want to say a huge thank you to all the staff that have given up their half term to go in & help the students 👏

22/02/19

Teenagers from Epping St John’s School are now able to respond to emergency situations after undergoing first aid training. Full story - https://t.co/LqkZx6joUi https://t.co/yjzK5I5AkF

21/02/19

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Mrs RS

looking forward to spending Friday with my Y13s tackling some controversial theological issues. 9-2 everyone. Bring snacks https://t.co/83AWPQu6En

21/02/19

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Ms Horner

Check these out y11- just in time for your PPEs! https://t.co/Zd0SMryq0h

21/02/19

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ESJ Exams

We have been very busy making sure the final entries for the summer GCSE & GCE exams have all been submitted for today's deadline.... Phew 😊😊 https://t.co/ICDn99K0Fc

21/02/19

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Ms Horner

40 students in during their HALF TERM for extra English revision! Well done! Hope you found the sessions useful. https://t.co/FJ4LlYzXx9

20/02/19

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Mrs RS

What a fab day with fab bunch of students and the fab at . Lots of info, op to meet current undergrads, tour the college, explore the city and our own private physics lecture. https://t.co/UhwI9bO2i3

19/02/19

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Mrs RS

A reminder to all Y10/11/12s going to tomorrow (Wed) that we leave at 8am sharp. https://t.co/kH2rC5oGlS

18/02/19

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Miss Petrou

Anyone catch us on Krakow live cam? https://t.co/LmUuyBBMsD

18/02/19

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Miss Petrou

Instagram vs Reality https://t.co/6iZzbItDvA

18/02/19

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Miss Petrou

101m underground, surrounded by salt https://t.co/6gy7iAOH1l

18/02/19

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Miss Petrou

With my amazing Year 11 class https://t.co/5Tao6EM0We

18/02/19

Girls are putting their best foot forward and reaching their goals in sport. Female students at Epping St John’s School are winning their way through to the finals of various competitions. Full story - https://t.co/BZEOm6XoiU https://t.co/ghy4YQEbVC

17/02/19

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Mr Yerosimou

Respectful, interested, sorrowful. students were fantastic today. https://t.co/LSTMEBf3r3

17/02/19

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Miss E

February half term aspiration sessions begin tomorrow. See program which can also be found on our school website. https://t.co/Cyr64in8wB

16/02/19

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Miss Petrou

East Side Gallery ✅ Reichstag ✅ Jewish Memorial ✅ Soviet Memorial ✅ Brandenburg Gate ✅ and many more... https://t.co/rsulZUs15h

16/02/19

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ESJHistory

Soviet memorial, such an inspiring monument! ...loving the sunshine too https://t.co/ScnZhwgAHI

16/02/19

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Mr Yerosimou

Some of the amazing sites from our tour of Berlin https://t.co/0R8s1f0qQz

16/02/19

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Mrs Ahmed

Launching bottle rockets with our astronomy club today! https://t.co/5z4oqX9SaW

15/02/19

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Epping St John’s Sixth Form

Destiny in Year 12 will be doing a skydive for Orphans in Need this September! She’s aiming to raise £365+ in order to sponsor an orphan for the year. Anything you could give would be hugely appreciated. Click the link below :) https://t.co/qKDwMhqYcz https://t.co/6gHii0DC33

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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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