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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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Virtual House Sport

House Sport is an integral part of Etone school life. Under normal circumstances students would participate in various sports across the school year. Each time gaining points for their house. This is the time of year were teamwork, commitment, organisation and leadership comes into its own. ​

With COVID – 19 upon us, sport has been massively affected in and outside the classroom. Our pupils have had a skeleton extra – curricular timetable compared to what we would normally offer under normal circumstances. ​

Virtual House Sport is a way of continuing this tradition but following all the government guidance. Each week 2 challenges will be uploaded to our @etonepedept Twitter account. Every pupil is allowed to take part and every entry will gain 1 point for their house. Top 3 places will gain more points. An individual competition will also be running alongside this. ​

This encourages good mental health and takes a focus away from the hardship of this Lockdown. It’s a fun way to engage with their peers and in a safe environment. ​

The First 2 challenges include 1 minute kick ups and 1 minute chest pass against a wall. Whoever does the most, wins.

We can’t wait to see all your attempts​.

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Covid Safe Careers Day!

On October 22nd, 2020 we held a Covid safe careers day event.  Several outside speakers attended following all guidance to enable our students to have access to a variety of careers and HE and FE providers.  Key Stage three students took part in a variety of events including a STEM activity, which was well received and a business design challenge.  Thank you to Marriott Hotel group and Willmott Dixon who delivered bespoke sessions on the day.

In Key stage 4, we enabled students to explore apprenticeships, careers in the armed forces and uniformed services as well as the RAF.  Students also attended a session about the sixth form at Etone and various colleges in the area.  By popular request, the Landscape gardener also attended and visited groups during the day. 

Sixth form students had the opportunity to explore apprenticeships and HE.  The football academy met with football managers and people within the sport. 

Think higher and the careers hub were also in attendance to enable selected students to continue with their training. 

Feedback from employers and students has been positive.  Employers have complimented us on the safety aspect and the engagement of our students.  The students themselves stated that the day was informative and has helped them think about future carers and the links between our employability skills and the careers they may wish to follow.   The Careers Hub is using Etone as an example of good practice in the current Covid pandemic and we were all delighted to still be able to provide our students with some hands-on experiences of careers. 

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Careers Guidance Pupil Hub

We are excited to launch our brand new Careers Guidance Pupil Hub.

Pupils need to be prepared for the evolving working world and so, at the heart of our Careers Programme, is a focus on building up essential lifelong employability skills.

Visit our new website to access a wealth of careers guidance, designed to support both pupils and parents.

With our brand new resources, you can…

  • Choose a subject you love and see where it might lead
  • Explore your options for when you leave school
  • Gain valuable advice on applying to university, apprenticeships and jobs
  • Practice your interview skills
  • Discover alternative options like gap years or starting your own business

www.matrixacademytrust.co.uk/careers

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European Day of Languages House Competition

To celebrate European Day of Languages we held a Food House competition where students in Years 7, 8 and 9 were tasked with creating a cake that represented European Day of Languages or an individual European country. Due to Covid 19 restrictions cakes were baked at home and photographs of the bakes were sent in for judging. The standard of cakes was amazing and lots of entries were received. Mr Smith had the challenging job of selecting the winners who all won a prize and house points for their houses. Excellent work!

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