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Dec 11, 2017 - morial on Saturday 11th November. This moving event was attended by .... We then had a night at the theatre to watch the fantastic 'Blue Man Group', perform their variety show- we even got to meet the actors at ... Christmas characters, created a setting for them to live in, illus- trated the characters and then ...
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ECCO MAGAZINE CHRISTMAS MESSAGES As this term comes to an May I introduce myself. My name end and we reach the is Anne Quaile, Chair of Minerva Christmas break, I would Learning Trust. like to thank you for your I am delighted to welcome Ecclescontinued support of our field School into the Trust. school. By continuing to It has been a difficult few months work together we can help for the school but, like Richard, I our young people reach have been incredibly grateful for their full potential. It has the support given to School, by been an extremely chalparents. lenging 12 months but our At this time of writing we are in staff are as determined, professional and caring as the process of appointing a new Headteacher and by January they can be in driving this school forward. the successful candidate will be known. Our Year 11 pupils have had 2 weeks of mock exams May I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. in preparation for their GCSE’s in the summer. I have been delighted by their behaviour and attitude to Anne Quaile learning throughout this period. The school is as busy as ever with rehearsals taking place for our next Drama production ‘We Will Rock You’ which will take place next term. Our Sports team It gives me great pleasure to continue to thrive and beat all that is put in front of introduce myself as your new them. Our work in the Community is ongoing and the Headteacher from January raising of money to support local charities is huge. 2018. The trips we have continue to happen, there are too This is a really exciting time for many to mention. everybody connected to the At this time of year we also, sadly, have to say goodschool as we join the Minerva bye to a couple members of staff. Learning Trust. I look forward Chris Hansen has been with us for 4 years and has to meeting you in the coming contributed so much not only to the History Departmonths as we move forward in ment but also the wider school. His enthusiasm and the New Year. positive disposition will be missed, and we wish him G Stonier all the best in his new role as Head of History at Thirsk School and Sixth Form. Kate Waddington has been with us for 7 years and her hard work and dedication will be missed and we wish Kate well as she takes on a new career. Christmas also brings an end to my time as Acting Headteacher. I have loved every minute and look forward in working with the new Head Ms Stonier who I have been working collaboratively alongside since October. I am relishing returning to my Senior Deputy role working alongside you and the students day to day and harnessing those partnerships which will support our students in achieving their full potential in a safe and supportive environment. Pupils will return on Tuesday 9th January. On behalf of the entire staff of Ecclesfield School I would like to wish you and your families a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. R Walkden


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TRUE GRIT AND RESILIENCE Millicent Newall is a current Year 11 student at Ecclesfield School. In 2015 Millicent and her family were given terrible news. Since then Millicent has shown true GRIT and resilience by continuing to work hard and stay strong which the School is extremely proud of. Below are a few words from Millicent herself.

At the end of 2015, I got the shock of my life and got the news that no one should ever get—I was diagnosed with blood cancer. The first thing that popped into my head at the time was “am I going to die?” and that’s what I think everyone thinks of when the doctor tells them they have cancer. I remember it like it was yesterday—I was crying and I told my mum that I don’t want to die and she told me that I wasn’t going to die. Luckily for me the cancer I had was 80-100% curable, but nobody could say 100%. When the doctor told me that the cancer was curable I felt like a ton of bric