West Hatch’s successful night raising money for the Red Cross

West Hatch High School students took part in a fund-raising Christmas market at Guildhall, London (November 18 and 19).
The event was organised by Alderman John Garbutt and his partner Solangela Tangarife with the sole purpose of supporting the charity, the British Red Cross, a volunteer-led humanitarian organisation that helps people all over the globe in crisis.
It responds to emergencies and also help people recover and move on with their lives once the crisis is over.
As well as providing emergency teams to help in the aftermath of the St Jude Storm that left thousands of homes in the UK without power, the charity has helped victims of Typhoon Haiyan which hit the Philippines on November 8 and has left the country in devastation, with 4.28 million people affect and an expected death toll of 10,000.
The British Red Cross has sent a relief team to the Philippines, is searching for the missing and has provided £10m – almost half of which came from the British public’s pockets.

Tesco has partnered with the Red Cross and had raised almost £500,000 which will provide food, clean water medicine and shelter to people in need.  
iTunes has also enabled people to donate money to the International Red Cross which the British association is part of.

Every little bit helps, including all the money raised at the British Red Cross Christmas Market at the prestigious Guildhall, home to the City of London Corporation.

The first night had an expected total of 850 people gathered to show their support.

Beginning at 5.30pm, stallholders had their stock ready to sell. The hall was buzzing with cheer, people busy buying and selling Christmas-themed items whilst a choir of school children sang hymns from a balcony.

A wide variety of products were sold, including clothes, books, perfumes and sweets.

West Hatch had its own stall, Alderman’s Pantry, run by Caroline Haines and her husband Alderman Gordon Haines, which sold jams, drinks and gin.

Among those who helped at the stall were West Hatch sixth former Adil Sait, Janet Fariminer who happily provided the blackcurrants for the jam, and Jill Smith, who said: “A wonderful night was had by all."

The stall raised £1,500.

At 6.20pm, Princess Alexandra untied the red ribbon, officially opening the event.
She spoke briefly to guests and after hearing I wanted to be a journalist, she joked: “I should better mind what I say!" before walking away to greet another visitor.

The official opening brought a new wave of guests to the stalls and the Alderman’s Pantry sold more than ever from that point on, until 9pm and 10.30am-6pm the following day.

Other stalls were selling their own stock too and a lot of money was given to support the British Red Cross. There was even a silent auction, selling art pieces such as a rare photograph of Marilyn Monroe.

On the Tuesday, the girl group Modality – who are mainly from West Hatch – accompanied by Jack Drury and Jenny Ewington also wowed the crowds.

The event was a great success and raised about £100,000 for the British Red Cross. This will not only help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan but also everyone in your local area.

West Hatch High School will surely be involved in years to come!

By Year 10 pupil Harriet Davies


West Hatch Sixth Form students Adil Sait and Vasili Nickolov help at the Guildhall Red Cross Christmas market

West Hatch students have their say about the school’s careers and enterprise work

Students at West Hatch High School have been given the opportunity to decide what they would like to see included in the school’s careers and enterprise provision.
With the help of the school’s Student Voice Committee every student has been given the chance to offer suggestions and comments about what they would like included.
The school’s Careers Co-ordinator, Geoff Towsey, said: “The students are very keen to have their input and have come up with some fantastic ideas.
“It is great to hear students asking questions and especially to see the Year 7s and 8s engaging with the idea of careers and employability so early.”
It is not all down to the students though.
West Hatch is also organising a range of events, workshops and opportunities for the students to get involved with careers and enterprise.
Last month the school hosted an Apprenticeship Roadshow which offered students the opportunity to find out more about possible apprenticeships and how to apply for them.
There will also be a ‘Destination Success’ performance on Monday, December 2 (6.30pm) based around all the options open to students at the end of Year 11.
The school will also be working closely with the local Rotary club to create its own Interact Club and run a range of enterprise activities which will involve an Enterprise Challenge where students are encouraged to start their own business, and the opportunity to speak to local business people about their careers and advice.
West Hatch is also building its alumni network, in order to gain a greater understanding about their alumni and also to offer current students to opportunity to speak with former students.
If you are a West Hatch alumni you can register with the West Hatch Alumni Network via: https://networks.futurefirst.org.uk/former-student/westhatch
There is also the CareersFest on Thursday, January 30 – the annual career fair organised with the help of other local schools and hosted by Epping Forest College.
Mr Towsey said: “There are also a range of other events planned and based on the continued feedback from students, there is no doubt that the suggestions will keep coming.”

West Hatch Alumni


At West Hatch we are building an alumni network.  If you are a former student and you would like to keep up-to-date with all the latest news, re-connect with old class friends, or come back to the school and speak with some of our current students, then please join our alumni network.  All you need to do is follow the link https://networks.futurefirst.org.uk/former-student/westhatch  and register your details. Let us know how you would like to get involved and then we will contact you and keep you informed about all things West Hatch.  If you have any questions about the alumni network, please contact Geoff Towsey: gtowsey@westhatch.essex.sch.uk

West Hatch High School pays tribute to inspirational teachers

West Hatch High School has paid tribute to two former members of staff with the planting of standard roses, the renaming of its Drama Suite and the unveiling of a memorial board.

Anne Horne, who taught Media Studies and Drama at the High Road school for 17 years, died in June 2011 aged 54. She was involved with school productions and inspired many students.

Vic Norris, a former Head of Drama, died in July this year after suffering a stroke just weeks after he returned to the school with his actress daughter Carli – one of his three daughters – who stars in the Channel 4 series Hollyoaks, to compere the school’s summer fete.

Mr Norris, who was 61, was well-known for his involvement with West Hatch and in the local community.

He took early retirement in 2009 having spent some 20+ years at West Hatch but continued to work at the school as a supply teacher several days a week.

Anne and Vic, who shared an office at West Hatch, earned the respect and admiration of many students during their time at the school.

Mandy Aulak, from Wanstead, who attended West Hatch from 1988 until 1995, said: "Vic was just an absolute inspiration. He brought people out of their shell. He inspired my confidence and just helped me discover who I was."

She added: "He never judged you, he just listened to you and was always happy to listen to a pupil’s point of view."

Many former students and  past and present colleagues joined with the families at the school on Saturday afternoon for the memorial event which saw a rose tree planted in memory of each of the former teachers.

Headteacher Frances Howarth said the impact that both Vic and Anne had had on the school was "unleashing young talent".

She added: "They were a ray of sunshine, fun-loving and so generous with their time."

The families helped plant the roses at the front of the school before the Drama Suite was officially renamed the ‘Vic Norris and Anne Horne Studios’.

Relatives of both Vic and Anne also unveiled a memorial board in the drama building.

Vic’s widow, Pam, said: "He was a humble man and very modest. He also took great pride in the things he did. He would have been so proud to have seen everybody here today."

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Anne and Vic

The Queen recognises royal philatelic art at West Hatch

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has written to Year 9 West Hatch High School student Nilofer Sait expressing her delight at the pupil’s “splendid collage of stamps”.  
Nilofer had produced the huge stamp portrait of HM the Queen to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee.

More than 1,000 definitive stamps from all periods of the Queen’s reign were painstakingly put together for a portrait made entirely out of colourful stamps.
They included nearly a hundred stamps from commonwealth countries.

Nilofer is a great admirer of the Queen and has been collecting stamps, postcards, coins, and royal memorabilia, along with her brother, since she was a young child.
The brilliant and varied colours of stamps gave her the idea for this unique project. She said West Hatch High School helped her project come true.

Nilofer says she did not expect an important and busy person such as HM the Queen to respond.

In fact, she received two gracious letters from Buckingham Palace, one from HM the Queen’s Lady in Waiting and another from her Personal Secretary.
Nilofer says her model is HM the Queen and the recognition has inspired her to think big and believe in her dreams.

Nilofer photo

West Hatch High School students prepare for Remembrance

STUDENTS in Year 8 at West Hatch High School, Chigwell, have been improving their reading by exploring War Horse by Michael Murpurgo.
Pupils have not only improved their reading ages but have been inspired by the story of itself and were keen to explore the lives of soldiers and animals during the First World War.
Chloe Moon, the school’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, said: “The pupils asked if they could collect money for the Poppy Appeal on behalf of the Royal British Legion.
“Pupils have been selling poppies and other charitable items around school.
“They have also written their own thoughts and prayers for soldiers currently serving overseas and these messages were written on memorial stakes and planted in the school grounds while pupils had a period of reflection.”
The Year 8 students involved in the work were Marian Reid, Jay Sanger, Brad Lee, Ted Mason, Owen Holder, Fabio Fernandes, Konstantins Jonins and Harvey Cartwright.


Poppy Appeal 1


Poppy Appeal 2


Poppy Appeal 3

Fashion show features music and drama

A futuristic fashion show at West Hatch High School involved the textiles department working with drama and music staff and students.

Many students from the Textiles club designed and made costumes based on how fashion would be like in the future.

Pupils used fabric and materials that were creative, random and with many textures.

The idea is to imagine that ordinary resources may not be available so society would then dress using materials that are found or previously used.

The Year 10 GCSE Textiles students worked hard to produce costumes for The Tempest; a play that involved working closely with drama students.

Pupils collaborated on designs which had to fit the storyline as well as the cast member.

These students also planned the hair and make-up and organised the schedule for the night.

The fashion show also included work by Year 11 GCSE students and A-level students.

Music students worked with Head of Music Martin Fourie to create exciting and new music to match the designs on the catwalk.

Naz Hussain, the school’s head of textiles, said: "The fashion show was a success because of the unique collaboration between departments that have the same ideology.

"Textiles and drama fall together naturally as performance in this instance and was the best way to demonstrate the ideas that students.”


west hatch fashion 1

West Hatch High School students perform in regional Jack Petchey Glee Club challenge as part of the Modality Youth Choir

Eight West Hatch High School students were among the 13-strong Modality Youth Choir selected for one of the regional finals of the Jack Petchey Glee Club challenge.
They were among the eight groups which performed at Barking Theatre.  Modality musical director Jenny Ewington said: “It was a new and exciting challenge for the group to focus not only on getting a high quality vocal sound but also performing choreographed routines in costume.”  West Hatch student Martha-May Corton said: “As a vocal group the competition was a totally different experience to anything else we had previously done. It took us out of our comfort zone and challenged us but I really enjoyed the whole experience.” Fellow West Hatch student Hannah Brandon said: “I felt it really helped my performance skills and it was great to work with my group to deliver a great performance. Also I loved the ‘Boot Camp Day’ where we worked with professionals from top theatre schools on our two pieces.”
Hannah added: “The standard of performance was very high and the evening ended with all the participants performing the glee version of ‘Lean on Me’ on stage together.  
“Not only was the experience great fun, the girls also improved their performance and team-working skills.”


Initial Teacher Training

As a school we are involved with 7 other schools in providing training placements for initial teacher training.  If you are interested in becoming a teacher we hope you give consideration to this route.

Initial Teacher Training – Information and Recruitment Evening

Wednesday 13th November 2013

West Essex School Direct Partnership

This ‘partnership’ has existed for around 5 years to develop routes into teacher training for candidates who live in the area. The main focus is now School Direct. There are currently 12 trainees in the eight schools for 2013-14 and the application process for 2014-15 will commence from the 1st of November.

There will be an Information and Recruitment event which will be held at Davenant Foundation School on Wednesday 13th November at 7.00 p.m. All potential applicants are advised to attend this event. Many of the schools are recruiting Cover Supervisors and Teaching Assistants who possess the required qualification for the application process so that they can spend time in a school setting prior to making an application.

Together, we work with Hibernia College UK to recruit and interview for each new intake. Successful candidates can obtain QTS or/and a PGCE award. Hibernia are also offering a new Straight to Teaching route for potential candidates (Instructors/TA’s) which will commence in January 2014 and an online based course for career changers who wish to teach Maths, Physics, Chemistry and MFL over a longer period (18 months).

This course, elearnITT has 6 months of front loaded Subject Knowledge Enhancement online before candidates start their placements in schools.

Information on these courses and a primary route will be presented at the Information Evening.

More information can be obtained from Suzanne.Giles@davenant.org or by contacting the coordinator in each of the schools.

West Essex School Direct Alliance

Davenant Foundation School, Loughton

Burnt Mill Academy, Harlow

Stewards Academy, Harlow

Epping St John’s, Epping

West Hatch High School, Chigwell

Passmores Academy, Harlow

Roding Valley High School, Loughton

St. Mark’s West Essex Catholic School, Harlow

Students take part in Essex Youth Assembly conference

Members of West Hatch High School’s Student Voice group took part in the Essex Youth Assembly conference held at County Hall, Chelmsford, as part of Local Democracy Week.
Year 10 student Ruby Edwards said: “We were taken into the council chamber and I’m not exaggerating when I say the place was amazing.
“We were there with a number of other schools and had a brief introduction, by the chairman of Essex County Council (councillor Kay Twitchen), before beginning our fully packed day.”
The students took part in a question and answer session on the democratic process and their understanding of the council and its purpose before going into the first activity of the day – Dragons Den.
The students had to imagine they had £500 and had to come up with a project that would improve school life in any way, from any aspect.
Ruby said: “We came up four small projects – Student Voice t-shirts to raise our profile, a short film to promote what we do and a website to blog and promote Student Voice involvement within the school.
“We didn’t win but we did in fact get something else. We have decided to act on the project of uniforms for the Student Voice which we will be presenting to teachers around school.”
Students later had a question and answer session with councillors with topics ranging from support for school children and the community to the role of councillors.
Ruby said: “It was a very good opportunity and we are glad to have been chosen to take part in the visit.”
Head of Student Voice Nicholas Bell said: “Having recently worked very hard to re-launch the Student Voice at West Hatch it was inspiring to see these young people fully involved in all aspects of the day representing young people and their opinions in front of cabinet members.
“The democracy we are establishing within the student body is extremely evident when watching the students working within the council chamber.
“It is a superb opportunity for young people to get a real taste for the world of local politics on a county level. Who knows we may well have the next Prime Minister in our midst.”


county hall conference

(left to right, front) Nilofer Sait, Ruby Edwards, Emaad Khizer and Kamran Khan with (back) Malachi Fontenelle, Jess Lynes, Billy Millham,  Rebecca Cubitt, Fred Skipper

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