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!
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.
Year 9 PSHE Fundraising for Smile Train
Our current year 9 pupils have been learning about the fantastic work the charity Smile Train do. This charity funds cleft palate surgery for children living in developing countries. Millions of children in these countries are left with untreated cleft palates and as a result live isolated lives and struggle with eating, breathing and speaking. On Thursday 16th March Mrs Buttigieg and the Year 9 pupils held a bric a brac sale and games afternoon. The whole school visited the event either getting some fantastic bargains from the bric a brac stalls or playing the various games on offer. At the end of the afternoon the money was counted and they were pleased to announce that well over £300 had been raised. All money will be passed to Smile Train and we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped to make the afternoon a great success.
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.
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.
On Monday 27th February we celebrated Book Week. Lots of competitions were running throughout the week including, design a book cover, take a photo of yourself reading in an unusual place and make a 3d model of your favourite book character. On Tuesday, Middle school pupils and Secondary pupils had an assembly all about books and Mrs Bruty read 'The Three Little Pigs' from Rohald Dahl's 'Revolting Rhymes' Book . On Friday we had our fancy dress day for pupils to dress as a book character. Everybody took part and we were amazed at all of the brilliant costumes. A very successful and enjoyable week for all!
On Wednesday 22nd February the school were visited by three talented players of various woodwind instruments called 'Trio Volent'. Every pupil had the opportunity to listen to them play their fabulous instruments and many of us recognised some tunes from popular films. Each instrument (the Oboe, the Bassoon, the Accordion and the Clarinet) were explained to us and pupils even had the chance to conduct the music that was played. A huge thanks to Trio Volent for visiting us.
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.
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.
MB trip to Chislehurst Caves
On Thursday 19th January MB class visited Chislehurst Caves. They were taken on a tour and experienced the complete darkness when the guide took the hurricane lamps away. They saw an ammonite fossil in the ceiling of the caves and the guide explained that chalk is the remains of dead sea creatures! Pupils also saw a well and a trap for enemies which was a huge hole in the floor......70 feet deep. The trip was a huge success and everyone agreed that it was a place they would highly recommend.
Visit to the Council Offices
On Thursday 19th January Mrs Buttigieg took a group of Secondary pupils to meet the Mayor of Castle Point and Rochford at the Council Offices. They were given a tour of the building and were even shown the secret nuclear bunker with a 4' 6" thick ceiling! The pupils were able to try on the Mayor's official robes and meet some of the officials who worked at the offices. They then held a debate in the Council's Chambers using their high tech sound equipment. Overall it was an excellent trip with exemplary behaviour from all.
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.
Children In Need Day
For Children In Need this year our pupils were asked to bring in as many copper coins as they could to help us form the words 'Children In Need'. We managed to do this as you can see from the photo and we had lots to spare. We would like to thank all the parents and the pupils for their great support.
Fellowship Afloat 2016
Jack Petchey Award
Jack Petchey Award Winners - Autumn 2016
The two winners for the Autumn Term were announced recently at our end of term Christmas Concert.
The first winner is Doddy who is in Year 11. Doddy has worked particularly hard on his Literacy skills and has improved immensely. He is a kind and friendly pupil who has matured into a very responsible young man. A fantastic role model to everyone, Doddy will be sorely missed when he leaves us later this year.
The second winner is Jackson in Year 8 who joined the Secondary Department this year. Since joining upper school he his confidence has grown and he is now able to be more independent around the school. He always works extremely hard in his lessons and is a fantastic role model to other pupils in his class.
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.