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17/06/19

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Miss K Driver

Feeling all fuzzy and happy after announcing the 2nd Staff Star winner - a well deserved star prize for our wonderful Cover Queen Paula! 👑 Thank you for taking on such a stressful job with so much grace - the nominations were piling up for this lady! https://t.co/hZfyCH8w7C

17/06/19

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Mrs Christofi

Not long to go until our MFL trip to Paris. 🇫🇷Looking forward to seeing Parent/Carers at the meeting on Wednesday 5.30pm in the main hall

17/06/19

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Mr Glass

Another excellent Monday for the ESJ Business market stalls, with the boys selling iphone accessories this morning and the girls (Nancy, Ella, Chloe & Lauren) finishing their last shift with an amazing £66 profit overall!! Couldn’t be prouder 👏👏

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15/06/19

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Teaching School

We welcome back for our Secondary Headship Foundation session this morning with https://t.co/CsFv0V4tVH

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14/06/19

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ESJ Exams

A very emotional day at as we say farewell to Y11's after their final GCSE. The Exam Team would like to wish you all the best for the future and have enjoyed seeing you through such an important time. Take care & see you on results day 😊😊 https://t.co/P915ypgYFJ

14/06/19

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mary burges

And you, have been amazing. You have cared for them wonderfully. We are indebted to you. Thank you 😊

14/06/19

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Mr Reeves

Dear Year 11, well done! I could not be more proud of a year group. From the day I joined in year 7 to today you have been an exceptional group to work with. Thank you, I will miss you all and wish you all great success in the future.

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Mr Reeder

Well done year 11 (and most of 13) you've conducted yourselves amazingly well! Your attiyude towsrds exams has made this process easier. Have a well deserved break and come back for a levels - I hear the chemistry teacher is great

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14/06/19

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Miss E

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14/06/19

Year 11 being applauded out after their last exam. We are beyond . What a wonderful group of students... next stop ! https://t.co/ckDCDEQUAN

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13/06/19

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ESJ Transition

GCSE’s are nearly done... super proud of our year 11s, they have worked so hard. It has been a pleasure to watch them grow from nervous year 7’s into the confident young people they have become. Good luck tomorrow ! https://t.co/AFTq96YREJ

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13/06/19

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Millers Estate Agent

Lovely to see Epping St Johns students promoting the PTA Summer BBQ 🥂🍟🍔🎤🎹! Friday 28th June 2019 6pm-9pm at Epping St Johns School! 🍻 https://t.co/O46wYVjwd4

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13/06/19

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Natalie Revell

Nearly there year 11. Only one exam left!! @ https://t.co/TSLUFXnIcm

13/06/19

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Jude Machin

Two school meetings this week about upcoming trips for the kids - one is off to Cornwall for surfing, the other to Amsterdam with the art dept. Thank you they are both going to be amazing trips! 🏄🏻‍♀️🎨

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13/06/19

Year 7 AND Year 9 listening beautifully in Assembly together on Pentecost. Delivered by Head of RE, Mr Brown. of our Christian ethos. Daily worship https://t.co/D7Upi8Rmcz

12/06/19

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Miss Monty

Huge congratulations and well deserved!! Hard work pays off! https://t.co/7kbOIf4n7X

12/06/19

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ESJ - CPI Faculty

Great trampolining session currently being led by and our student leaders for the Fourth Epping St John’s Brownie Pack! Lucky to have staff and students that go above and beyond to support the local community

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10/06/19

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Mr Glass

Wet and windy day, but the ESJ Business market stalls toughed it out and managed some great sales from both groups today! Big well done to them and come down to Epping market, happening every Monday, to support our students! https://t.co/gHRLoOjsiv

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10/06/19

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ESJStudentLead

What a lovely way to start of the Morning😊 Thank you to Marley and Isobel, head of Personsal development and welfare, for setting up this Coffee Mornig for students!#forthestudentsbythestudents https://t.co/ivIH4A9jWi

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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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