Proud of our students. Proud of our school. Proud of our community.
 Issue No. 293

In this issue


Message from the Head Teacher

Welcome to the first ‘Keeping in Touch’ of the new school year and my first as the new Head Teacher of Shoeburyness High School; a special welcome to our new, Year 7 parents and the parents of new entrants into our sixth form. Students, parents and staff had every right to feel proud this summer with the achievement, once again, of examination results that were above the national average in GCSE English, maths and science. This was only part of the picture though with many departments reporting record achievements; for instance, sixteen GCSE art students achieved a grade 9! This is the new ‘gold standard‘(higher than an A*) that only 2% of students achieve nationally. Our A level pass rate this year was 98.1% with A*-C increasing to 63.5%.

One of the highlights for so far this year has been a visit I received from a new, year 7 student Hamza. Hamza felt so confident and happy at Shoeburyness High School after less than two weeks that he felt comfortable enough to drop into my office and share his ideas of how we can be even better which is fantastic and typifies the culture at Shoeburyness High which is one of openness and positivity. I have already been issuing certificates and badges out to students in Year 11 for their excellent effort during their work experience at the end of Year 10 as told to us by their employers and to Year 13 students for mentoring their younger peers.
On Thursday, 20 September we held a Year 12 parents evening, the purpose of the evening was to allow parents to receive early information about the structure and content of the courses their sons and daughters had chosen and for teachers to be able to share the expectations that need to be followed in order for success to follow. The evening was well attended and feedback has been positive. We do have a new Head of Sixth Form this year, Mr Smith, and he is committed to ensuring effective communication with parents and he has high expectations of what the students will achieve.

Last night we had our Open Evening and as usual everyone excelled themselves in putting on a great display for year 6 (and many year 5) children and their parents of which there were huge numbers. Shoeburyness High School continues to be the school of choice for many parents which is a great endorsement of the work our students and staff put in; they are very proud of their school and last night they showed it. If you are aware of any families that weren’t able to make it last night or who wish to have another look, we are holding parent tours on October 2nd and 3rd at 9:00 a.m. and for those parents specifically interested in a selective place for their child there are tours on 17 and 18 October at 9:00 a.m.
And finally, we continue to wait for the official opening date of our ‘New Buildng’ but what I do know is that it will be worth the wait and the children will love it. The whole of the upstairs will be an enormous new canteen that overlooks the fields and downstairs will house the maths faculty. I look forward to showing it off to all of you soon.

Expect Excellence      
Clare Costello
Head Teacher

Message from the Attendance Department

A warm welcome back to school.  A reminder that if you need to report your child as absent, please contact the school on 01702 292286 then press 3.  Please do not text or email.  If you would like to speak to a member of the Attendance team, the telephone number is 01702 292286 Ext 190 or 191.
Where possible, if your child has a medical appointment and will need time off school, please send in a letter of confirmation from the hospital/medical centre.
This year, we have lots of Nando’s, Amazon & Love to Shop vouchers to give away for good attendance. Please ensure your child attends school every day to be in with a chance of winning these awards.
Mrs Walters
Attendance Officer
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Business students

In year 10 are invited to participate in the Papworth Accumulator Challenge. This enterprise activity develops students Skills for Careers Success. These are the skills and qualities that large and small employers state that are essential for work. The students will develop the following skills:
  • Communication & Networking
  • Team Working
  • Organisational skills
  • Managing myself
  • Problem Solving & Analysis
How will they turn £50 into a great business idea and raise money for charity?  More updates to follow in next month’s edition.
Mrs S Walls
Enterprise co-ordinator

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Ski Trips 2019

Upper School February half-term ski trip
For all students who have a place on this trip there will be a parent’s information evening on Tuesday, 16 October starting at 7pm in the dining hall. Please use the service road car park (access via Caulfield Road) – the event location will be signposted. This meeting will give you information regarding the trip and give you the opportunity to purchase ski clothing/equipment from Surfanic who will be present during the evening.
Lower School April/Easter break ski trip
There are a couple of places available on this trip. If your son/daughter is in Year 7, 8 or 9 and interested in going on this trip please contact Mr Root for details.

Mr M Root
Ski Trip Organiser

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Year 10 Parents/Carers

Date for your diary. Wednesday, 10 October (6.30pm – 7.30pm) will be our parent/carer information evening regarding Year 10 Work Experience. More details will follow via email soon.
Mrs S Wood
Work Experience Co-ordinator

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Friends of Shoeburyness High (FOSH)

FOSH are holding their AGM on Wednesday, 3 October at 7pm in CDAC. New members very welcome to come along. FOSH have a few Adventure Island wristband vouchers left at just £16 each and Sealife Adventure tickets at just £6 each. Cheaper than buying directly or online!
FOSH will start organising a few fundraising events for this coming year so lookout on our page on the school website and also for emails with latest updates. We are currently collecting items for our forthcoming raffles which are held at the school shows. If you have any items can you please drop them at the school reception.
Many thanks.
Heather, Kathy and Beth
FOSH Committee

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Science News

Welcome to a fantastic start to a new year. Now that we are past the baseline tests for the start of the year, students in years 7 and 8 will be starting their new topics, which means homework. For Science, our focus is on takeaway homeworks – a homework that is built upon as the students learn about a topic. Students will be given three choices of what to make and are expected to add to it with information and to be as creative as possible. They should be assigned the homework from the first lesson and will have roughly 5 weeks to complete it before the test. Please follow us on Twitter for photos of examples and for more information on what the projects can be for the topic your student is covering. If you have any questions, please feel free to message us on Twitter or contact us at the school. Good luck and have fun with the projects.
Mr T Pender and Mr K McAvoy (KS3 Science leads)
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Flame art club

This club started on Wednesday 26 September, after school between 3pm and 4.15pm in BR6 and will run every week. Over this year we will be exploring portraits, printmaking and painting. This is an excellent club for students who need extra support to explore art making.  Letters are available from Miss Tetley in BR6.

Theatre Arts

Welcome back to all of our students to what has already been a busy start to the new academic year.

On Friday, 7 September we took some of our students on a trip to see Little Shop of Horrors at Regents Park Open Air Theatre.  It was a fantastic production of this well-known show and a great experience to watch the show in an open air setting.  The final song was particularly memorable for us all as we were all encouraged to join in!  It was great for our students to see a live performance of the production that they all studied in year 7.
On Sunday, 9 September our fantastic Dynamix troupe performed at Havens Hospice Family Fun Day in Priory Park.  For half an hour they performed a variety of songs and dances.  It was amazing that they were able to remember it so well after such a long summer break.  As usual they performed with fantastic energy and drew in a large crowd of people to watch.  Once again members of the public commented that they could not believe that the students were from Shoeburyness High School and not from a private performance school.  Well done to all of you who performed. 
We have started our rehearsals for this year’s production of Made in Dagenham.  At the moment we have around 100 students involved in the show and the first week of rehearsals went extremely well.  The energy that you all gave was fantastic!  All students who are involved have been issued with a timetable of rehearsals and an information letter.  Please ensure that you read these carefully and return the permission slip to the Theatre Arts office as soon as possible.  Rehearsals run every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:15-5pm in the Wendy Owen Hall.  Tickets for the show will go on sale from Monday, 5 November and will be available from the Theatre Arts office.  Show week begins on Saturday, 1 December – Thursday, 6 December.
Please follow our Theatre Arts Twitter page for up to date announcements and updates on our students, @TheatreArts_SHS
Ms H Young
Theatre Arts

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Achievement Breakfast Club

Year 11 students have started running the Achievement Breakfast Club which launched on Monday, 24 September.
All students having interventions during period one will be served breakfast by our year 11s.
A big thank you to NatWest bank for funding our breakfast club.
Mrs Hills
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Update on our New Build

I am pleased to report that we are now in the final phase of this development. The ten new classrooms downstairs have been completed and are awaiting the final inspection. Work is on-going on the outside of the building; replacing damaged groundworks etc. Upstairs, the canteen is taking shape with the ceiling and floors to be completed and the kitchen area needs to be fitted out with the equipment (apparently this does not take very long!). See the photos below for a sneak peak inside.
We are planning to move into the building after the half term holidays; an exciting time for us.
Huw Williams
Deputy Head

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The new build

Interested in becoming a parent governor?

Due to changes in the structure of our Governing Body we are looking for three parent governors to join us. Further information about becoming a parent governor will be sent out next week.
School Terms and Holidays 2018-19 can be found on our school website here
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