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Careers Day 2021

For the final day of term we were able to host our annual Careers Day. Over the course of the day pupils across all years have had the opportunity to take part in activities that; prepare them for those next steps, consider the possibilities within careers and develop the key Employability Skills and values which are paramount to being an Etone Learner.  Pupils were able to enjoy workshops from Coventry University, Severn Trent Water, RAF, Albany Theatre Group, Coventry Fire Service, NWSLC, Etone Football Academy and ASK along with sessions prepared by our Etone Careers team.

The feedback from students has been extremely positive and they have all indicated that they have lead to them thinking about their next steps. Similarly the external providers were extremely impressed with Etone, our culture and most importantly our pupils with one presenter stating “The pupils at Etone are so polite, considerate and eager to think about their futures.

It has been a real pleasure and we can’t wait to come back next year!”The day showcased our Employability skills and allowed students to link these skills to future careers. Have a great half term!

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Team Building and Communication Skills

On Thursday 23rd our newly appointed prefects completed the final part of their training with a visit to work on their Team building and Communication skills at Cliff Lakes Water Park. Whilst an undeniably fun day was had by the deserving cohort, there was a clear purpose to helping the team build their confidence in preparation for the challenges they will face in the oncoming year. 

Across the day the groups were tasked with overcoming the obstacles they faced, making it through each one as a unit and coming out the other side in record times. Head of Phoenix Mr Baggot was particularly impressed “The determination and initiative showed from the year 11’s is truly inspiring and I can’t wait for Team Phoenix and the rest of the houses to work with this amazing group of pupils to help ensure all pupils at Etone progress no matter what.”

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Turing Scheme 2022

Matrix Academy Trust can proudly announce that we have been successful in two bids for the new Turing Scheme. We will therefore be able to offer experiences across all five Matrix secondary schools for 100 pupils to go abroad to experience life in Spain or Germany in 2022. The Turing Scheme replaces the Erasmus project, which, for many years, has supported pupils to travel, learn and study internationally.

We will shortly be opening applications for 10 Year 8 pupils to apply to go on the Turing Germany project and a further 10 Year 9 pupils to apply to go on the Turing Spain project. Our projects are planned to take place in Fulda near Frankfurt in Germany and the Costa Del Sol in Spain.

For the successful applicants this will be a life-changing opportunity: the chance to travel internationally, working alongside other pupils from the Matrix Academy Trust schools and meeting German or Spanish pupils. Pupils taking part will also take part in pre-mobility work between schools to learn about the host countries culture, language, food, schools and ways of life.

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International School Award

We are proud to announce that Etone College has been awarded the International School Award for 2021-2024. 

The International School Award celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life work in today’s world.

Scott McDonald, Chief Executive of the British Council, said: ‘Etone has earned this prestigious award through its inspirational international work and links with schools abroad.

The International School Award is a chance for schools to be recognised for their important work bringing the world into their classrooms. This is especially commendable when schools have been deeply affected by the global pandemic. The desire to build on their international work shines through and it is with upmost pride that we celebrate their achievements.  

By embedding an international dimension in children’s education, these schools are preparing their students for successful lives in the UK or further afield, empowering them to be global citizens, and are creating vital opportunities in an increasingly global economy.’

In order to achieve the award the Etone has showcased:

  • An international ethos embedded throughout the school
  • A whole school approach to international work
  • Collaborative curriculum-based work with a number of partner schools
  • Year-round international activity
  • Involvement of the wider community

It is a great way to start the 2021 academic year and a real achievement for all of our staff and pupils. Particularly the Modern Foreign Languages department and Miss Dunkley who have spearheaded our efforts at all time. 

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Open Evening and Mornings

Open Evening will take place on Thursday 30th September 2021 5:00-7:30pm. Headteacher presentations will take place at 5:45pm and 6:30pm. No booking is required.

Open Morning – Friday 1st October – 9.30am-11.00am

Our Open Morning is always extremely busy, therefore to keep the flow of people moving and to minimise large gatherings, we are having staggered entry times.

Tickets MUST be booked in advance or you will not be permitted entry.  A ticket must be booked for every person attending including any children. As tickets are limited, please support us by booking only the number of tickets you need and keep your party as small as possible i.e. parents and their Year 6 child.

Please report to main reception upon arrival.

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Enrichment Week

Students have taken part in a week long extravaganza of events.  Its has been great to see happy and engaged learners taking part in workshops and talks.  We have had sessions such as Sports with West Bromwich Albion, Army team building, rocket firing with the navy, RAF talks, Visits from universities and ASK apprenticeships.  It has been great to see all of our students engaging with employers and HE providers and has been a really exciting time and a perfect end to the year.  

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House Charities

Each year our Houses work hard to raise money for various good causes such as; Comic Relief, Macmillan’s Coffee Morning and Children in Need. In addition to this each House selects a charity/ good cause in the local area where fundraising events across the year help raise both funds and the profile of these organisations. We would like to take this time to introduce you to our House charities for the next academic year.

Centaur House – George Elliot Diabetes Support Group

Formed in 1996 the GEDSG aim to deliver support for people with diabetes and their families through a full range of activities and provision. The group also carries out some really important fundraising work and it is our pleasure to be able to add to this by naming them the Centaur House Charity for 2021/2022.

At Etone we pride ourselves in supporting each other no matter the situation and this is something that is mirrored by the GEDSG. In Centaur particularly we strongly promote the values of aiding your peers no matter what and offering a helping hand wherever you can. Therefor it is fitting that group receive our support for the next academic year.

Dragon House have chosen Guy’s Gift as our house charity

Guy’s Gift delivers bereavement support for children and young people throughout Coventry and Warwickshire. Our early intervention service is open to 5- to 25-year-olds and tackles a range of emotional concerns, preventing them from escalating and helping individuals to achieve their potential and continue their lives in a meaningful way.

Dragon have selected this charity in solidarity with all of our pupils that have suffered bereavement, especially given the current climate.  Something that is close to our hearts.

Griffin House Charity – Doorway

Doorway is an independent charity based in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, working with young people aged 16 – 25 years who are homeless or threatened with homelessness. Their short-term aim is to help young people solve the immediate crisis of “no home, no money”.

Their long-term aim is to improve life chances through learning to live independently and accessing training, education and employment.

We have selected Doorway as Griffin’s charity as it’s local to Nuneaton and has supported some of our students in the past through difficult personal circumstances.

Our House Motto is Aspiration, Determination and Success and we recognise that sometimes we need to support others in order for them to achieve this. Therefore Doorway is exactly the kind of charity we feel we should support.

Phoenix: Mary Ann Evans Hospice – Charity

MAEH strive to enhance the quality of life of people who have a life limiting illness, by offering physical, emotional, social and spirtual support to them, their families and those caring for them.

Mary Ann Evans Hospice ethos supports that of Phoenix house. Our motto, ‘Never less than our best’ can be seen in the work carried out by this charity. They provide the best end of life care they possibly can to help make a person with a life limiting illness, as comfortable as possible. This in turn, can provide them and their families, some additional time to make some ever lasting memories.

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Firefighters of the Future

This term group of year 8 pupils attended a Citizenship Course that was delivered by Targeted Youth Support and Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service week beginning 28th June. They took part in drills, basic first aid courses and developed their team work and leadership skills.  

As a result all received their ASDAN qualification which is really valuable in the workplace.  Whilst we were thrilled with the outcomes we are even more proud with the feedback the Fire and Rescue Service gave our pupils. The course leader stated “what an absolute pleasure it was to work with the students, and that they were perfectly behaved the whole week. They were excellent representatives of your school, and it was noted by the management of the Fire Service how involved they were with all activities and a pleasure to work with.”

Friday saw their passing out parade attended by Councillor Piers Daniell and Phillip Seccombe, who is Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner.  The new Chief Fire Officer observed their passing out parade and awarded them their ASDAN certificates. We are so proud of our pupils and cannot wait to send another cohort next year!

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Golf Tour U14 Net Competition

J. Frearson is an avid Golfer. He recently won the Robert Rock Golf Tour U14 Net competition. He will be taking part in the Club Championships this weekend – 26th June. We are wishing him luck with this tournament and will let you all know how he gets on!

Q1. How long have you been playing golf for?

A1. I have been playing properly for about 4 years, but been hitting golf balls since the age of 2

Q2. How did you get into playing golf?

A2. I got into playing golf as my Dad, Nan and Grandad play

Q3. How often do you practice over a week?

A3. As much as i can, about 5 days a week, i would normally go up the golf club after school and practice for 4 until 7:30

Q4. What would a normal practice session look like?

A4. First of all i practice my putting for an hour, then my chipping and then go on the range and hit shots, or i will just go on the course and play a round

Q5. Why do you enjoy golf so much?

A5. I like the competitive side of it and playing in all the competitions, you have to think about every single shot, you get to meet lots of different people and i get to do lots of travelling

Q6. What level do you play at?

A6. I represent Nuneaton Golf Club and i also play for Warwickshire at county level, i am currently in the Warwickshire Under 14 team (im the youngest in the team). Individually i play on a National Golf Tour called the Robert Rock Junior Golf Tour where i play all over the country

Q7. What’s your handicap?

A7. My Current handicap is 22 but i am looking to reduce this over the summer, i am targeting to get down to single figures by the end of the year

Q8. What’s your greatest moment so far from playing golf?

A8. When i went to play a tour event at Southport Old Links (Liverpool) and won, there was over 100 Juniors playing in this event

Q9. What was your worst moment and What made you continue after this moment? 

A9. I was playing in a competition at South Staffordshire Golf Club, i started really badly and was way over my handicap, I didn’t want to let myself down so i had to really focus on my game and concentrate, in the end I bought my score back and ended up winning the competition

Q10. What advice would you give your peers about how to get involved in golf? 

A10. Get in touch with the local golf club Nuneaton Golf Club as they do Junior Coaching every Saturday, this would help you get started and then possibly join as a member

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