James Hornsby hosts
Maths challenge

Every year Mrs Parsad and the James Hornsby Maths Department host the ‘primary maths challenge event’ involving nine of the local primary schools including their own year 7 team, the aim being to stretch and challenge the most gifted mathematicians in the area!

Two teams per school enter and comprise the most gifted year 5 and 6 students. There is normally around 110 pupils taking part and is a lovely competitive event with a real buzz around maths!

Mr Parsad said of the event “The aim of our maths challenge is to allow all the pupils in our local primary schools to experience a challenging and enjoyable day of maths. The tasks are centred around problem solving and team work skills based around the key areas of maths, bridging the gap between the KS2 and KS3 curriculum”.


King John Supports HARP,
Southend’s Homeless Charity

Year 7 and Year 8 tutor groups this year amassed a huge collection for the annual HARP harvest appeal.  Ms Carter, languages co-ordinator said ‘I’m very proud of all the students who took the time to support a local charity that can make a difference to the lives of others in our community’.

Mrs McGauley, Headteacher at King John, said: ‘We’re very keen to support local charities like HARP and I’d like to say thank you to all our students and parents for supporting this cause.’

Mental Health Awareness Day

Every year Castle View School creates a large campaign to raise awareness and open up healthy conversations about emotional well-being.  This year’s theme is “Let’s Talk.”  Rather than just raising the profile of world mental health day, the students and staff have been busy learning and talking all week in their tutor time activities and assemblies.

As part of the well-being initiative, teachers were delivered cakes on National Teacher Day and were also serenaded in their staff briefing as they are ‘Simply the Best’.

Students have been proudly wearing stickers to support the semi-colon project, watching inspirational videos and learning skills and strategies to support in having a healthy mind.

Former student Alfie Swaby joined them for the day to speak to students about his video was released on youtube telling his story and how he overcame his struggles with losing a parent and ways in which he is thriving now.

Castle View School is dedicated to healthy minds and aims to be the leading school in the borough to achieve the Well-being for Schools Award in December!

Screenwriter visits
King John School and Sixth Form

Successful director and screenwriter Richard Kurti (who has worked with Film Studios Universal and Miramax amongst others) visited GCSE and A Level Film and Media students on to talk about pathways into the industry as well as support students with their coursework.  Richard has written episodes of Primeval, Wolfblood and Sinbad, along with adapting work for both screen and radio.

Mr Kurti said:

‘I never had a film education, so to know that these students are learning about the art of cinema – and the opportunities the school provides for them – is fantastic. I have thoroughly enjoyed being here today.’


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