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#proudtobeaneccohead Sometimes, it’s hard to know where to start. Even by the high standards of student activity that we set for ourselves, this term has been unusually full. Y10s have enjoyed a highly-successful work experience fortnight. Y11s have completed exams, celebrated their time at school with a leavers’ assembly and glitzy prom night, Y10 DofE students have set off on their bronze expedition. Next year’s Y7s have joined us for transition day (welcome all you new faces, students and parents). KS3 students enjoyed a watersports trip to the south of France, others to Cologne and yet more to Wimbledon while more than 1000 of us participated in the sponsored walk and in another fantastic, fun-filled activities day, complete with inflatable assault course and ill-advised staff races! 100s of you attended the summer concert and marvelled and the depth and breadth of the talents on show. And there’s more… so much more... This is what it means to be a school and for your child to be a student at Ecclesfield. Our ethos makes clear our commitment to celebrating “the joy and brief wonder of being young” and we are proud to deliver experiences for all that will help shape a lifetime of memories. Summer is also a time of change. Some longserving members of staff are leaving us this year: Mr Anderson has been with us as a teacher of PE and maths since 1993. He will be sorely missed for his talents in the classroom and as a colleague in the staffroom. Even longer service has been provided by Mr. Warhurst, who first taught Drama

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More than 1000 students participated in the sponsored walk

at Ecclesfield in 1982. His contributions to the dozens of school productions (and annual help with the play put on by Lound Junior school) as well as his wit and occasional wisdom will be a real loss to the school. To them both as to the other staff leavers, I wish a brilliant future and thank them for all they have done for our community. There are clearly changes ahead for September, as we embark on our exciting partnership with the Minerva Learning Trust. We are also anticipating a return visit from Ofsted and hope to show them everything that we are so proud to be as a school. In the meantime, thank you for your contributions as parents and carers this year. We are privileged to serve you and wish you a wonderful summer with your family and friends. Joel Wirth Headteacher

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Congratulations to the triumphant Mr Billings for winning the FIFA completion in which 82 students and teachers took part. Connor Lunn took second place followed by Harry Goulden in Third and Reece Pepperdine in Fourth. In total one hundred and ninety seven goals were scored and sixty penalties were taken. A big thank you to all the students and staff members who participated, we hope to see you all involved in next years e-sport competitions.

This year we had an especially strong athletics team and enjoyed great enthusiasm from the students taking part. Special mentions to Maddison Worswick, Sarah Dixon, Sam Essien, Ellie Springate, Tyreece Spence, Paige Spencer and Chloe Draper who competed in the Sheffield School City Finals on the 12th July. Maddie achieved 1st place in the Long Jump and 3rd place in the High Jump . Well done to all involved!

Mr T Wright, Teacher, Computer Science

SHOWROOM WORKSTATION On Saturday 17th June, curious students went to the Showroom Workstation in the City Centre to revisit a classic screening of ‘Pinocchio’. There, they discussed the features of a film review, what makes a good film, and even potential twists for a re-boot! Students will be using their experience as inspiration for their own written film reviews, which will be hosted on our website shortly. You can get more information, or read students’ reviews, by following us @EccoWriters on Twitter. Huge thanks to the Showroom for helping organise the event!

Miss R Tse, Teacher, English

Miss M Fletcher, PE, Techer

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Tennis club has been running 3 times a week this year. We have had a number of boys and girls turnout for it from all year groups. It is a perfect chance to get better at the sport but also just to have fun.

Earlier this month saw our new Bronze DofE cohort of 33 pupils having their first taste of independently navigating from Hope train station to Tideswell in Derbyshire whilst undertaking their bronze practice expedition in preparation for the final expedition in Wales. Conditions were particularly challenging with groups having to walk with heavy rucksacks in 30+ degree heat for 6 hours both on Saturday and Sunday. The pupils showed great resilience and determination to get themselves round the route.

There was an Y8 Sheffield doubles tournament, which two students entered. They did exceptionally well, finishing runners up and just missing out on qualifying for the South Yorkshire championships. The two boys played some excellent Tennis though and they did the school proud. Miss Podlaski, Curriculum Leader, PE

Next month sees our Bronze DofE cohort head off to Gower in South Wales to undertake their Bronze qualifying expedition and then onto some wellsurfing, gorge-walking and caving.


Some new faces have joined the cricket ranks this year with some our Y7’s showing some superb batting and bowling ability to complement the established Y8 performers. The boys have got off to a great start with a fantastic win over King Ecgberts earlier this month. Miss Podlaski, Curriculum Leader, PE

Miss Podlaski, Curriculum Leader, PE

CHAPELTOWN SCARECROW HUNT Congratulations to those students that helped create scarecrows for the Chapeltown Scarecrow Hunt. Over the course of the 24th and 25th of June scarecrows from all over Chapeltown were displayed around the community. The entries were judged by members of the Chapeltown Community Forum with the winners awarded the coveted Scarecrow Hunt Trophy. Unfortunately we were unable to repeat our success of last year’s winners. This only serves to make us more determined to come back bigger and better next year. Watch this space! Mrs Hollingworth, Community Engagement

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June saw the long awaited return of our sponsored walk after a gap of 5 years. The walk was a fantastic event which brought the whole school and wider community together in a joint effort to raise funds for the school and take part in fun and different kind of school day. At the end of a long day there were lots of aching feet and limbs, but still plenty of smiles. Over 900 students and staff showed real GRIT and managed to complete the 10.6 mile walk, with the fastest students taking just 3 hours! We are still awaiting the final total of sponsorship raised, however the total currently stands at over £8,500 so we are still on course to beat the total of £10,500 raised in the last walk. Well done to all those who took part in the walk! A special thanks goes to all the staff and parent volunteers who made the event possible, either by walking with students, being staff marshals or helping with administration in school – THANK YOU!! #WeAreEcco

Way back in March, the Geography department carried out a 3 day residential trip to London, led by Miss Rawson. The trip was oversubscribed within 24hours, which was no surprise due to the extensive itinerary organised. Students were able to explore the main landmarks of the city such as Westminister and the Natural History Museum. As well as this students were given the opportunity to go sightseeing around the London 2012 Olympic site and were able to see The Lion King at the theatre. Students enjoyed meals out on the evenings at popular restaurants such as Bubba Gump's and Pizza Express. They also enjoyed an excellent all you can eat breakfast every morning provided by the Wembley Premier in where we stayed. It was a fantastic trip made better by the superb attitude of the students. Highlights of the trip can be found @Geogecco.

Mr Hollingworth, Community Engagement Manager

CHAPELTOWN SHOW On Saturday 23 September, the annual Chapeltown Village Show takes place at the Newton Hall in Chapeltown from 13.00 to 16.30. As usual there will be a whole host of stalls and entertainment, as well as the chance for adults and children alike to display and be proud of their own special talents in such areas as arts, crafts, fresh produce, baking etc... For a full list of entry categories, programmes are available from Chapeltown Library. Also, if you are able to help in anyway on the day, please contact John Housley via email on [email protected] (advert opposite)

Mr T Wood, Teacher, Geography

Mr Hollingworth, Community Engagement Manager

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Y11 PROM On Friday 7th July, Ecclesfield School students and staff celebrated the end of Year 11 with their Prom at Niagara. Elegant ball gowns and smart suits rendered our students almost unrecognisable, all looking very sophisticated—not to mention the amazing cars that were on display. As always, a delightful evening was had by all.

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During the Easter holidays, the Geography department carried out an international field trip led by Mr Wood to Iceland. Here the students had an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience, spending time in the geothermal hot springs at Blue Lagoon and baring witness to some of the amazing landscapes carved out by glacial and tectonic activity. The group spent their 4 days based in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, and ventured out every day to see spectacular waterfalls, Geysers and volcanic coastlines. The trip was a huge success thanks to the wellorganised activities arranged through Halsbury travel and the excellent behaviour of the students that went on the visit. More details of the trip can be found on our twitter page @Geogecco. More details of the trip can be found on our twitter page @GeogEcco

At the beginning of final term, Miss Sowersby with assistance from Mr Wood offered the opportunity to teach new skills to students through launching the school’s gardening club. It has been a huge operation reviving the once disused outdoor space of Keppel, but with the help of students over half term, the area is coming to life once again! The club has been so successful in a short time that it is actually achieving its second award from the RHS campaign for school gardening who will be visiting the club soon to see our progress. So far we are currently growing a range of produce such as leeks, onions, carrots, strawberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce and radishes (lots of lettuce and radishes!). The club wouldn’t be such a success without the commitment of our small group of students who assist every Monday and Wednesday after school. Highlights of the gardening clubs progress can be seen though @GeogEcco

Mr T Wood, Teacher, Geography

Mr T Wood, Teacher, Geography

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Ecclessfield School have teamed up with Blue Arrow Recruitment, P & B Metal Components Ltd and International Mining & Marine Ltd to develop some fantastic apprenticeship opportunities for our Y11’s. Successful candidates will go straight into employment with training when they leave school, working alongside an experienced team gaining first-hand skills and experience in each respective industry.

Monday 26th July saw us welcome our new Year 6 students to Ecclesfield for our annual Induction day. We had lots of fun in a variety of lessons and met some very important people, such as Mr Wirth, Mr Walkden and our new Mentor and Heads of House. There was also a tour of the building (which seems considerably larger than primary school!) and we met our new classes. Lunchtime saw students relaxing outside or playing football on the Astroturf as well as students mingling with our older students. Lots of smiles and happy faces!

The Blue Arrow candidate is yet to be decided but will learn the about all aspects within the recruitment industry, following a business administration qualification.

We’re looking forward to inviting lots of students up to Ecclesfield for the annual Summer School and then again in September. We can’t wait to meet you all again very soon!

Brandon S. and Callum B. were succesful in gaining apprenticeships with P & B Metal Components Ltd and will follow a 2 year NVQ diploma in Manufacturing.

Miss Fancett, AHT, Community and Student Engagement

Matthew S. was selected by International Mining & Marine Ltd and will follow a 2 year Engineering programme to become a Gas Detection Technician. Our thanks go to Blue Arrow, International Mining & Marine Ltd, P & B Metal Components Ltd and all of our business partners for giving our students the opportunity to pursue apprenticeships in the their industries. We wish all the students well in their new careers.

Also, a massive thanks to our Careers department who have worked tirelessly to develop these opportunities for our students. If you think your company could offer our students a similar apprenticeship opportuntiy or you would like more information about how you could help develop our students into the work force of tomorrow, please contact Sean Hollingworth on 0114 2409583.

Mr Hollingworth, Community Engagement

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We are delighted that Adam B. and Lois H. were recent recipients of the University of Sheffield’s Achiever of the Year award. Adam and Lois met a variety of criteria in their studies as well as being a really good role model to those around us in the Ecclesfield community. They had to demonstrate a variety of different skills and potential in order to be selected and we’re immensely proud of them both. As part of their award, they won the chance to experience University life for two days. Not only did they enjoy it, they got the following comments from the course leader:

We’ve just returned from another brilliant trip to Cologne and would like to say well done and thank you to everyone involved. The visit was as successful as ever; German was spoken, Currywurst was eaten and new friends were met – all signs of a fantastic time! The trip included a trip to the chocolate museum, the Zoo and of course a hike up to the top of Cologne’s world famous cathedral. The orientation course always provides plenty of fun and allows students to further develop their speaking and listening skills. The students were, as ever, a credit to the school and community. Thanks to Team MFL for organising such a fantastic week.

“Lois really developed across the course of the two days and her ambassador gave her a special mention to her for doing so well. She got involved in absolutely everything and really threw herself into the spirit and purpose of the event. It was a pleasure to have Lois with us on the event and she is an absolute credit to the school” “Each ambassador has a group of between 6-9 students and chooses a student at the end of the event for their efforts and Adam was chosen by his ambassador. He worked extremely well and absolutely smashed the presentation he did at the end of the two days. His ambassador could not of spoken any higher of him. Adam and the school should be very proud how he developed, steered the group and organised and completed team work. Well done Adam” Miss Fancett, AHT, Community and Student Engagement

Miss C Fancett, AHT, Community and Student Engagement

ECCO EN ESPAÑA On the 5-9th June a group of 26 pupils visited Andalucia, Spain for 5 days. We visited Granada, Málaga and Benalmádena. Pupils experienced making their own paella, dancing flamenco and speaking with the locals. Pupils were an absolute credit to our school and their confidence with the language grew each day. ¡Hasta pronto, España!

Mrs Rhodes-Orwin, Lead Teacher, MFL

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ACTIVITIES DAY Activities day was amazing this year: great weather, amazing events and lots of smiles on faces! Seeing the arrival of a new event in the human hamster wheel, along with the obstacle course been a highlight of the day. Churchill was keen to keep their title however Franklin proved too strong this year! A massive thankyou to all staff and students who took part—you were all fantastic. Massive congratulations to Franklin. House












Churchill Nightingale





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Forthcoming Events School closes at 1.10pm on Friday 21 July School re-opens on Wednesday 6th September 14th September 20th September 28th September 5th October 12th October 19th October 9th November 16th November 22nd December

Y11 Parent Information Evening Y10 Parents Information Evening Y6 Open Evening Y8 Parents Information Evening Y11 Careers Opportunity Evening Y7 Parents and Mentor Information Evening Graduated Y11 Presentation Evening Y11 Making the Grade Evening 1.10pm school closes for Christmas break

#WeAreEcco Twitter and Facebook Here at Ecclesfield, we are always looking at ways to increase parental engagement. As such, we now use our Twitter and Facebook pages more than ever and we are keen for you to join us to see what is taking place both in and out of the classroom! You can follow us on Twitter @officialecco and like us on Facebook under 'Ecclesfield School' for daily news. You can also follow individual departments\Houses on Twitter and you'll find a list below! Happy Tweeting! Department @eccodrama @eccoMuso @eccoMFL @eccoscience @eccoenglish @eccoartdept @eccoDT @eccoPEdept @eccoMathsDept @eccoGeography @historyecco @eccoICT

Houses @EccoChurchill @EccoTuring @EccoRowling @EccoNightingale @EccoFranklin Exams @eccoExams Extra-Curricular @eccozone

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