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Posted on: 02/04/2019

Easter Newsletter April 2019


March 2019


Dear Parent/Carer,                                                                                                                                


As we reach the end of the Spring term, I would like to thank our students and families for your continued support of St Clere’s School.


It has been a busy year so far and next term will be no different.  Year 11 formal exams will run throughout the term and we will also meet our new 2019 year 7 pupils in July.  Further building work will also start this term. There will be a 3 storey classroom block built with a new dining space on the bottom floor.  In addition, there will be a four court sports hall built next to the 3G pitch.  Over the summer holidays, the reception will be refurbished as will the Osborne trust office.  All of this will further enhance facilities for our children so, while we apologise for any inconvenience, we also look forward to the opportunities provided by these buildings.


This Easter, Year 11 revision is targeted at specific pupils.  Parents/carers of students involved in this revision will be informed separately.


We have had much to celebrate this term, the highlights of which have been:


  • A fantastic production of Oliver at Thameside Theatre.


  • Our first year 7 parent consultation evening with our larger year group.


  • Yarico workshops for year 8 – Trestle Theatre Company came in to perform Yarico to all year 8 students.


  • Reprezent workshops for year 10 – to help improve mental health of young people building their resilience.


  • Gavin McKenna – Reach Every Generation – delivering presentations on the subject of gangs, drugs and knife crime in this area.


  • Epping Forest field trip – 45 year 8 pupils will be attending this Geography Fieldwork Experience, to help them decide whether they would like to take geography at GCSE.


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One very important item I would like to highlight is that some students have started wearing trousers which do not conform to school uniform policy.  Please be aware that trousers should be flannel grey, cover the ankles and can be straight but not figure hugging.  We should not be able to see ankles when trousers are worn.  As a school, we will request that any uniform which does not follow this policy is replaced.  Therefore, if you have any concerns around purchasing uniform, please consult the school.  The most straightforward supplier for school trousers is the Trutex website or Sue’s School Wear.


The last day of term is Thursday 4th April and students will be finishing at 1.05pm.  If your child receives free school meals and wishes to pre-order a packed lunch for this day, can you please ensure your child orders this via the kitchen by the end of lunchtime on the previous day (Wednesday 3rd April). 


The last day of term will be a fund-raising, non-uniform day and students can wear non-uniform so long as it adheres to our code of what is appropriate.  Non-uniform is only for students who have contributed to the fund raising event.  Parents who do not wish to contribute should send their child to school in school uniform.  The cost is £1 per student and should have been paid at Christmas, together with the Christmas non-uniform day (£1). Therefore, if you did not pay £2 at Christmas please can you pay now via Parentpay.  All monies raised will be divided between the Children in Need appeal and local charities. 


On behalf of the Governors and staff at St Clere’s, I would like to wish our students and their families a lovely Easter break.  We look forward to seeing you in the Summer Term which starts on Tuesday 23rd April 2019.


Yours faithfully,

Mrs A Hughes

Head Teacher