Fundraising for Smile Train & Water Aid

To celebrate the amazing fundraising the Year 9 PSHE pupils did for Water Aid and the Smile Train charities, we held two special whole school assemblies on Tuesday 9th May and Tuesday 16th May. A cheque for £1300 was presented to Reece Bell, a representative from Smile Train and a second cheque for £1033 was also presented to a representative from Water Aid. The money that has been raised for Smile Train will help eight children to have life-transforming operations. The funds for Water Aid will go towards helping many people living in other countries to have access to clean water for the very first time. Many thanks to everyone who helped in supporting us and a huge congratulations to the Year 9 pupils.

GB Class Visit to Hyde Hall

On Monday 8th May GB class spent the day at Hyde Hall. Pupils spent time identifying signs of Spring, feeding the ducks, planting  peas and making butterfly and wildlife books. Despite it being a chilly day everyone had a great day out.

Rotary Club Visit

On Tuesday 25th April twelve members of the Rotary Club came to visit the school to mark 25 years of their support to Cedar Hall. Over the  years the Rotary club have funded many activities and trips for the pupils of our school so we were very pleased to use their visit as an opportunity to say a big thank you to them. They were shown around the school and then enjoyed an afternoon tea with Mr Maxwell and our Primary pupils. The pupils from Primary had baked scones and cakes in the morning ready for the tea party in the afternoon.

Super Heroes visit Cedar Hall

On Friday 28th April the school was visited by a group of Super Heroes. They came for the afternoon to see the pupils and play some fun team games. We were also lucky enough to have a couple of super cars arrive and everyone had the opportunity to sit in the cars and have their photos taken. The afternoon was arranged by the local Thundersley community and in particular  members from the local businesses in the village. As a school we are extremely lucky to have continued support from the local people and businesses of Thundersley village and for this pupils and the staff of the school are very grateful.

Swimming Gala

On Friday 28th April a large group of pupils represented Cedar Hall at the annual swimming gala. The gala took place at Runnymede pool with lots of other special schools attending to compete against us and each other. Everyone swam extremely well and lots of pupils won their individual races. At the end of the day the points were added up and it was announced that overall the school who had won was Cedar Hall! A great achievement by everyone. Pupils returned to school very proud and all wearing their medals.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Our current Year 10 pupils are working hard to achieve their Duke of Edinburgh award. As part of this , they have been split into small groups to practice their walking and camping element of the award. On Wednesday 26th April the first group took part in a long walk to and around Belfairs woods. When they returned to school at the end of the day they then had to pitch their tents and also cook their own meals. The pupils braved temperatures of minus 3 to camp overnight in the school field. They all did fantastically well and made it through the night wrapped up in their sleeping bags! The next morning they set up for the final walk which took them into Southend. Mr Martin and Mr Hammond were extremely proud of everyone who took part as they showed great perseverance and team work. A huge well done to the Year 10's.

GB visit to Sky Gardens

On Monday 13th March GB class had a wonderful trip to London to visit Sky Gardens in Fenchurch Street, London. They caught the C2C train from Benfleet to London and when they arrived at Sky Gardens they had to take the lift to the 35th floor! The views were fantastic and the class managed to spot lots of special landmarks such as, St Paul's Cathedral, The London Eye and The Tower of London. The whole class enjoyed themselves and would highly recommend that everyone visit to enjoy the experience.

Prom Praise 2017

On Tuesday 21 March, a group of pupils from Cedar Hall visited The Royal Albert Hall in London to experience 'Prom Praise 2017'.  This event is an annual evening in which international classical musicians join with an orchestra and choir to create some fabulous music. Everyone had a fabulous time, singing along with the music and watching the orchestral performance on stage. It was a late night home fro everyone but was well worth it!

Drumming Workshop

On Tuesday 14th March, members from Thundersley Congregational Church visited the school to deliver their drumming workshop. Pupils from each department had the opportunity to take part in a high energy drumming session, involving copying and repeating rhythm and beat patterns. Everyone took part with great enthusiasm!

SESSSA Hockey Tournament

On Wednesday 8th March the Cedar Hall Hockey team took part in a tournament  against Ramsden Hall, St Christopher's, Castledon and St Nicholas. In the first round Cedar Hall won three of their matches and drew 1 and in the second round we won 3 matches again and lost 1. A fantastic result. Well done to all who played. 

GB Visit to New Holland Tractor Plant

On Monday 6th March GB class had a fascinating day at the New Holland Tractor Plant in Basildon. They saw photographs of how tractors had been made on the site for the past 53 years. The class then walked around the production line. Everyone had to wear special goggles, high visability jackets and head sets. The robots painting the tractors looked amazing! At the end of the day everyone left with goody bags that included a New Holland baseball cap and a brochure of all the tractors.

Planetarium Trip

Middle School have recently been studying the moon and the solar system and to help them with their studies MP class were lucky enough to visit Southend's Planetarium. Their guide, Wendy was able to show them images of the moon, the earth and the planets in our solar system. She also bought up the night sky with the different constellations of stars. MP's behaviour was fantastic throughout the trip and they were able to sensibly answer lots of questions about what they had learnt. The other Middle school classes will also be visiting the Planetarium in the coming week.

Cultural Day

On Tuesday 7th February the whole school took part in a cultural day learning about the country Nigeria and the African continent. Pupils took part in various activities including, drumming, art work and cooking. Mr Brandle and Mrs Adcock also created an 'Economics game' where pupils were given resources to make money for their country. Everyone had fun buying, selling and bartering for items such as gold, coal and food. Kurtley and Dominic from Year 9 and Year 11 were the most successful pair of the day making a fabulous amount of £2590!

Year 10 Art Class

Pupils in Mrs Buttigieg's year 10 art class have been completing a project on the work of the author and illustrator, Eric Carle. Using clay they made models of the animals they had previously drawn on cardboard templates. The results were amazing as you can see from the pictures.

BMW Competition

Pupils from our Middle School recently entered the special competition run by BMW Fairfield. Pupils had to design a BMW of the future and the competition was exclusive to Cedar Hall School. In our assembly this week the winner of the competition was announced. Mahalah from MP was chosen as the winner and as you can see from the photograph her winning design was truly spectacular! Mahalah's prize includes tickets to a Southend United football match and a full replica kit. She will be the team's mascot at a future game and will even lead the team out from the tunnel onto the pitch. A huge well done to her.

New School Minibus

Cedar Hall was the proud recipient of a brand new school minibus this week with thanks to the generosity of Michael Hayes, Managing Director of Railscape Ltd. Railscape kindly donated £10,000 and Leigh-on-Sea Lions also donated £5,000. The PSFA fundraised for the remaining amount. The school were overwhelmed by the generosity and the hard work of everyone concerned.

Fellowship Afloat 2016

Jack Petchey Award

Jack Petchey Award Winners - Spring 2017

The two winners for the Spring Term were announced recently at our end of term Easter assembly.

The first winner was Preston who is in Year 11. Preston has recently completed a very successful work experience placement. The staff were full of praise for his work with them and gave him a glowing report. He is a kind and friendly pupil who has matured into a very responsible young man. A fantastic role model to everyone, Preston will be sorely missed when he leaves us later this year.

The second winner is Charlie in GB class who has worked extremely hard on his communication skills. Charlie has improved immensely recently and now joins in activities that previously he was reluctant to do. His confidence has grown and he is a pleasure to have in all of his lessons. A very well done to Charlie.


 We have been very lucky to have a new room added to our building which will be used as a workshop for pupils to learn new skills in many areas. One of which is currently 'bricklaying' and on a Tuesday afternoon and a Thursday morning Year 9 and Year 11 pupils get the chance to learn how to use bricks and build with them. Here are a few photographs of the pupils in action!

 Brighton & Medway Residential Trip 2016

This year's residential trip to Medway took place on 27th June 2016. A group of pupils visited Truleigh Hill, Brighton and Medway and experienced some fantastic sights and activities such as The Seven Sisters Walk, riding bikes, going on a toboggan and seeing Chatham Docks to name but a few! A very successful trip for all.