West Hatch High School student receives Jack Petchey Foundation award

Year 10 West Hatch High School student Malachi Fontenelle has received a Jack Petchey Foundation award for his work within the school’s Student Voice. 

Malachi, 16, from Loughton, worked tirelessly with the young adults at ELHAP adventure playground in Woodford Bridge.

Despite pouring rain, cold and howling winds Malachi spend a day outside leading a team of West Hatch students rebuild areas of the playground.

Malachi said: “I enjoyed being there and being part of it. It gives me a real buzz to help people to help themselves. 

“It was fun to test the giant swings and climb the tree houses afterwards.”

Nicholas Bell, head of West Hatch Student Voice, said: “He was a credit to the school and truly deserves this recognition of his hard work.”

Malachi received his award from Olympic athlete Mark Richardson who was a member of the 4 x 400m silver medal winning relay team at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics when with Iwan Thomas, Jamie Baulch and Roger Black the team set a UK record of 2mins 56.60 secs.Malachi Fontenelle

West Hatch High School member of staff umpires at Lord’s

A member of staff at West Hatch High School, Chigwell, was one of the umpires for the oldest fixture played at Lord’s, the annual match between Eton and Harrow. 

Paul Nicholls officiated in the match in front of a 3,000-plus crowd on Saturday (June 21).

Mr Nicholls, a Head of House at the Chigwell school, described the experience as “the greatest thrill in his umpiring career”.

Mr Nicholls only began umpiring eight years ago having retired from playing club cricket for Enfield Cricket Club for 25 years. 

He has worked his way through the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) system and is now just one level away from making it to professional level umpiring both at county 2nd XI / Minor County level.

His special day began early with a 9.30am meeting with the match referee in the spacious umpires changing room in the pavilion. 

The fixture is over 200 years old and is the longest established sporting fixture in the world. 

The toss took place between the two captains and with the match referee present before presentations were made to all players and officials to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the MCC.

Both umpires were presented to the Eton and Harrow headmasters and the president of the MCC.

Mr Nicholls said: “It was a very moving moment when I walked through the Long Room and onto the ground with my name up on the scoreboard and being announced over the public address system.”

Harrow who made 233 all out in their 55 overs, and went on to win by 63 runs.


Paul Nicholls UmpirePaul Nicholls Umpire 2


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Sixth Form Taster Day

Year 10 students at West Hatch High School were offered an insight into life as a Sixth Former at a Taster Day.

The day was filled with sessions from all the Sixth Form subjects with the Year 10 students able to create their own timetables and choose which sessions they attended.

This gave them the opportunity to see what their current subjects (including English, History and Maths) would be like at A-Level and also to try out subjects they cannot currently study, such as sociology, psychology and CACHE (childcare course).

Students also got the chance to spend the day in the Sixth Form Centre.

Students attended a talk which highlighted some of the opportunities open to students, and also spent time in the Sixth Form Common Room and Sixth Form Café.

Headteacher Frances Howarth said: “Students enjoyed the opportunity to gain an insight into Sixth Form life and it gave many of them the chance to really think about what subjects they might study.

“Whilst some realised that certain subjects might not be the right choice at Sixth Form, others realised subjects they had not previously considered would be a good choice.

“It really gave the students the opportunity to decide whether certain subjects would be the right options.”

For more information about the courses on offer at West Hatch, visit www.westhatch.essex.sch.uk/6thform or email Mr Green at ggreen@westhatch.essex.sch.uk.

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Victory for Year 8 cricketers in 20-over match against Davenant Foundation School

Report by West Hatch young sports journalist Darshan Pindoria


West Hatch High School’s Year 8 cricketers beat Davenant Foundation School by 16 runs in a 20-over match.

West Hatch scored 124 after winning the toss before restricting Davenant to 108.

The West Hatch team was Ben Brookes (captain), George Quiqq, Darshan Pindoria, Priyanshu Goutam, Georgie Emerson, Pawndeep Sanger, Josheel Patel, Max Wenzel, Harry Gurling, Maaz Mohammed, Charlie Reid, William Fitch and Davin Brecheta.
With 13 players named – and 11 to bat – Davin Brecheta and Charlie Reid were omitting from the batting line-up with wicket-keeper and Man of the Match Darshan Pindoria and Priyanshu Goutam opening the innings.

Prianshu was caught for 18 while Darshan had to retire on 25.

All the batsmen produced consistent runs and set Davenant 125 to win.

West Hatch fielded tightly with George Quigg and Ben Brookes among the wickets.

The school now plans to arrange more matches for the Year 8 team.


Textiles students visit Victoria and Albert Museum

Textiles students visit Victoria and Albert Museum


Year 10 Textiles GCSE students at West Hatch High School visited the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of their studies.

They gained an insight into the fashion and textile industry.

There was an exhibition as well as a theatre costume workshop for pupils to take part in.

The workshop helped them develop research and creative thinking skills in a fast paced environment. The session was led by a professional artist and designer.

Pupils developed an understanding of the development of designing from research, as well as using a variety of materials to demonstrate ideas.

Pupils then toured the exhibition which showcases the bold and exciting new looks by the most experimental young designers of the decade including Betty Jackson, Katharine Hamnett, Wendy Dagworthy and John Galliano.


The exhibition traced the emerging theatricality in British fashion as the capital’s vibrant and eclectic club scene influenced a new generation of designers.

The trip was very beneficial to students in developing their coursework as well as possible career progression.  Pupils can now use similar techniques in their coursework projects”

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Internet Safety

Snapchat is a photo messaging application (“app”).  Using the application, users can take photos, record videos, add text and drawings, and send them to a controlled list of recipients. These sent photographs and videos are known as “Snaps”. Users set a time limit for how long recipients can view their Snaps (as of March 2014, the range is from 1 to 10 seconds), after which they will be hidden from the recipient’s device and deleted from Snapchat’s servers.  More information can be found here: http://www.snapchat.com/static_files/parents.pdf


Flickr (pronounced “flicker”) is an image hosting and video hosting website, and web services suite.  In addition to being a popular website for users to share and embed personal photographs, and effectively an online community, the service is widely used by photo researchers and by bloggers to host images that they embed in blogs and social media.  A guide to the safe use of Flickr can be found here: https://info.yahoo.com/safely/us/yahoo/flickr/


Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables users to send and read “tweets”, which are text messages limited to 140 characters. Registered users can read and post tweets, but unregistered users can only read them. Users access Twitter through the website interface, SMS, or mobile device app.  A guide to for parents can be found here: http://www.education.com/magazine/article/parents-guide-to-twitter/


Tumblr (pronounce “tumbler”), stylized in its logo as tumblr., is a microblogging platform and social networking.  The service allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog. Users can follow other users’ blogs, as well as make their blogs private.  This is another popular site with our students and a parent’s guide can be found here:  http://internet-safety.yoursphere.com/2012/06/tumblr-why-kids-love-it-and-what-parents-need-to-know/

Internet Safety

Instagram: In many ways, and without reinventing the wheel, Instagram is changing the way people share photos with each other. The mobile app, which is only available on the iPhone, is steadily growing in popularity among the kid and teen crowds, causing parents to take notice and ask, what exactly is Instagram, and is there anything I should be worried about? Just like with any social sharing application, there are a few things parents need to know about Instagram and how their teen may be using it, so the Yoursphere for Parents editorial team did the research.  Find out the answers here http://internet-safety.yoursphere.com/2012/02/instagram-is-it-okay-for-kids-what-parents-need-to-know/

Internet Safety

Instagram is an online photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, apply digital filters to them, and share them on a variety of social networking services, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr Users are also able to record and share short videos lasting for up to 15 seconds.  A parent’s guide to this which answers many questions regarding this form of social networking can be found here http://www.connectsafely.org/wp-content/uploads/instagram_guide.pdf

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