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Anti Bullying Ambassadors

I am pleased to introduce the successful applicants for Etone College’s Anti Bullying Ambassadors and I look forward to working with them as part of our team. We will be working together in order to keep the legacy of Princess Diana alive as we work towards a Diana Award for Etone College. Some of our ambassadors would like to introduce themselves and why they became involved in this project…

“Hi I’m Jessica and I applied to be an anti bullying ambassador because nobody deserves to be bullied.” – Jessica Parnell

“Hello, my name is Faith. Bullying is one horrible things on this Earth that millions have experienced.” Faith Lees

” My name is Raahil, I hope to carry on the legacy of Princess Diana and try my best to prevent bullying; Diana once said ‘I dont go from the rulebook, I lead from the heart, not the head”‘ Raahil Khalifa

“Stopping bullies makes us stronger” – Faith Dean

“bullying can be through verbal words and cyberbullying” – Mason White

“my goal is to promote empathy and kindness, making a positive impact in our community” – Erisa Rai

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Boys Mental Health

Well done to Team Mental Health this week for another great session to support and promote boys mental health. Important for all, boys especially can find it hard to access support for mental health. This initiative does some really important work on making sure our pupils are supported.

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Turing Trip – Italy

On Tuesday 23rd of January, 50 pupils from the Matrix Academy Trust travelled from Gatwick Airport for a trip to Rome with the Turing Scheme. The Turing Scheme is a government initiative that fully funds a range of international opportunities for young people to go abroad and experience different cultures around the globe. Pupils who participate in this scheme are selected via criteria provided by the Department for Education.

After a smooth journey and arriving at our hostel, we made a swift departure to our first activity. Our group of 55 tackled the metro for the first time and walked our way to “Aroma Ostia” where our host school met us for an Italian cooking masterclass. During this class, our Chef taught us how to make pasta from scratch, along with the art of producing “carbonara” sauce, a dish that was born in Italy.

Throughout the week our mornings consisted of a rotation between groups, some taking themselves back to ancient Rome by visiting the Colosseum, some visited Castel Sant’Angelo which was commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum, and some visiting our Italian partner school learning about various aspects of their culture including music, literature, fashion and food. One group even took part in an inclusion workshop raising awareness of disabilities.

After lunch, our pupils came back together and started their week by being trained as true gladiators at the gladiator school. This included a fitness assault course, practicing and testing a variety of fighting techniques before our Empress (Ms Callanan) would decide their fate. Pupils also opened their mind into the “museum of dreamers” experiencing an adult-size ball pit, various illusions and not to mention beating their fears (literally). Our afternoon of imagination delved deeper into Vigamus where pupils were led on journey of time on the evolution of video games. Our sightseeing continued when strolling down the Spanish Steps to the renowned Trevi Fountain before dining in a local restaurant.

Our final few days were spent zipping through the trees of Rome at Eurpark High Ropes. It was incredible to see the number of pupils who overcame their fears and pushed through their limits to reach new heights before we caught the train to the shores of Ostia, where some pupils even dipped their toes in the sea! Mount Vesuvius was our next destination, with a 20 minute hike up to the viewpoint at the top of the volcano and a further 5 minutes to the crater. Pupils were in awe of the beauty of the bay of Naples, before seeing the steam being produced out of the dormant volcano. Having learnt about the history of Vesuvius, our next stop was the Herculaneum, a UNESCO heritage site which was covered in volcanic ash and rediscovered during excavations in the mid 18th century.

We couldn’t have left Rome before visiting the Stadio Olimpico, home to football clubs Roma and Lazio, and currently hosting the six nations! Following this, we took a trip abroad whilst abroad by visiting the Vatican City, the world’s smallest country! This tour included a visit to the Sistine Chapel, famous for papal ceremonies and used by the sacred college of cardinals.

Our week in Italy was spent experiencing various aspects of culture, encountering many new experiences and bringing more of our students together to create stronger connections.

Our pupils share their thoughts:

“The trip to italy was really great. I am very happy to have had the chance to go on a trip like this for free and have made so many friends in the process. I liked the rooms at the hostel, and how stress-free you guys made everything by everything being so organised and how there was a diverse range of things to do. The metro and bus rides were good, and got less busy due to good planning. Some things that we did that I thought I wouldn’t enjoy I turned out liking such as the school visit. The children there were lovely and despite the struggle communicating with some words, it was fun talking to them about what their life is like and comparing ours together. The museum of dreamers was my favourite because it was unlike anything I have ever done before. It was a unique experience which helped me with insight and keeping an open mind. I liked seeing the sights such as the colosseum, the Herculaneum and museums like the Vatican, gaming and the dream one. I liked the Vatican and the castle a lot because it was nice to see religious artefacts and art that I have always wanted to see. Thank you for the opportunity and choosing a great city like Rome.” – Alfie

“This trip to Italy was amazing, I’m so thankful I’ve had the opportunity to go to such a great place and it being free! Thanks to Ms Callanan, Mr Kendall, Mr Aspinall, Ms Thomson, and Ms Thompson. This week has been really fun and I haven’t felt this happy in ages! 10/10″ – Dylan

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National Memorial Arboretum Visit

Today, 210 cadets & staff from our schools visited the National Memorial Arboretum as part of their historical and social enrichment package within the Combined Cadet Force. 

Thank fully the weather was clear and all of our cadets enjoyed learning about the various monuments situated around the grounds. 

We would like to thank members of the Wales & West CCF Test Team for supporting the visit, and the staff of the National Memorial Arboretum for hosting such a large group of us.

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Love Attendance

After the launch day of our Love Attendance competition, it is really positive to see attendance is once again improving. With the final week of term often being important in; setting up pupils for the next stage of study, preparing for mock exams or indeed assessments it is great to see pupils entering into the spirit of the initiative.

The winning pupils from yesterday spanned Years 7,10 and 12 for Griffin, Phoenix and Dragon. All of the lucky winners will receive their movie voucher, popcorn, chocolate and sweets, ready to enjoy a nice movie night in over the half term break.

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Theme Days – Bistro

This year our Etone Bistro has been busy rolling out our new menu. With rave reviews and record dinners served, it’s safe to say it has been a resounding success.

A key part of our new offering, are our special themed menus to celebrate some of the highlights across the year.

So far this year pupils have enjoyed; getting to experience WW2 style food for Remembrance Day, delicacies from Italy, delicious themed desserts for Children in Need and of course the traditional Christmas Dinner.

These menus look to compliment our Personal Development curriculum and enable our pupils to make links that forge strong memories. 

On Friday, as we round out half term our catering team will be delivering a very special menu to celebrate Chinese New Year. With delights including Chow Mein, Pork Boa Buns and Ma Lai Go (Chinese steamed cake), we are sure our pupils will enjoy it and what’s more encourage those who have yet to try these meals from different culture.

Stay up to date with all of our menus information here: https://matrixacademytrust.co.uk/food/

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Children’s Mental Health Week

This week marks Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week. The organisation uses the second week in February as a chance to signpost support to young people, raise awareness of mental health real health concerns and share steps to maintain a healthy positive attitude.

This year the theme is ‘My Voice Matters’ and in a time where reports of mental health concerns in the younger generation are concerning, there is no better message to share with our young people.

At Etone our pupils will be showing support through their lessons, with each subject sharing strategies and information about how to keep well mental health within their discipline. For example in IT pupils will be considering the use of social media and screen time, in Science the importance of sleep and in music exploring the songs that are our ‘jam’ and the impact they have on moods.

To find out more about the organisation and its origins check out HERE.

For all of the information on our in house wellbeing support check out here: https://www.etonecollege.co.uk/student-wellbeing/

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Childrens Mental Health Week

This week marks Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week. The organisation uses the second week in February as a chance to signpost support to young people, raise awareness of mental health real health concerns and share steps to maintain a healthy positive attitude.

This year the theme is ‘My Voice Matters’ and in a time where reports of mental health concerns in the younger generation are concerning, there is no better message to share with our young people.

At Etone our pupils will be showing support through their lessons, with each subject sharing strategies and information about how to keep well mental health within their discipline. For example in IT pupils will be considering the use of social media and screen time, in Science the importance of sleep and in music exploring the songs that are our ‘jam’ and the impact they have on moods.

To find out more about the organisation and its origins check out here: https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/childrens-mental-health-week/#:~:text=Children’s%20Mental%20Health%20Week%202024%20will%20take%20place%20from%205,they%20need%20to%20express%20themselves.

For all of the information on our in house wellbeing support check out here: https://www.etonecollege.co.uk/student-wellbeing/

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Jack and the Beanstalk

Last Thursday 25th January, 40 selected pupils went to see Jack and the Beanstalk at the Hippodrome in Birmingham. Pupils had the opportunity to experience the pantomime which enables students to broaden their cultural opportunities and get involved in seeing a hilarious rendition of a classic English fairytale inside the biggest theatre in Birmingham. Pupils were also treated to a lovely ice lolly in the intermission!

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Exciting Update: Our New School Block is Taking Shape! 🚧🔨

A huge shoutout to everyone involved and the wider community for their support and contributions. This project is a true testament to what we can achieve when we come together!

We’re proud to share that our new school block incorporates sustainable design elements, including energy-efficient features and eco-friendly materials. It’s not just a building; it’s a commitment to a greener future!

We’re on track to meet our target completion date.

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