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PGL Experience

Another fantastic trip to the PGL centre for a weekend full on Netball, football and PGL activities. This is the 3rd year we have taken pupils from years 7-9 to experience a trip that encourages independence, resilience, communication, and self-management. Our pupils again behaved impeccably and showed their ability to adapt to a variety of situations. It was especially nice to get the chance to return following the postponement in recent years due to the pandemic.

Our netballers demonstrated a high level of resilience and were able to improve massively over a very short and intense period. Pupils who had never experienced a netball tournament to those who take part regular in and outside of school had the chance to show other schools what being an Etone Learner is all about. For Year 7 and 8 it was a sharp learning curve as some had not experience this level of competition before. However, they worked together and improved their netball skills and understanding throughout. It was also great to see such lovely friendships developing amongst the younger pupils and their own self-belief and confidence sky rocketing. Year 9 topped their division against 6 other schools taking them through to the semis and with an amazing comeback win in the semis they had to face the one team who had beaten them in the rounds in the final. The year 9’s demonstrated pure grit and determination to push through to the final whistle. They lost by 2 goals coming second overall but were winners with their positive attitudes, teamwork, and tenacity. We are all extremely proud of our Year 9 students.

This year was the first time we tock boys to take part in the football coaching sessions. The coaches were excellent and are based at Swindon Town so are coaching regular at professional level. The boys really enjoyed the coaching and came back to the cabins practicing any skills they had learnt or developed. There activities were Archery, Jacobs Ladder – a team building exercise and abseiling. For some of our students this was the first time they had taken part in Archery or even seen a harness. Like a girls you could see over the space of a weekend the boys develop their independence and for the year 7’s their self-management skills. 

The students always impress us as staff when we take them away on any trip or fixture. We as a department are extremely proud of our sports students and we can not wait to start planning for PGL next year.

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Red Nose Day

What a packed week it has been at Etone College. Not only have we had visits from our House Charities, a very successful Careers Fair but as a school we have also been busy fundraising and supporting Comic Relief.

Over the course of the week our Houses have hosted the annual Rowing Competition, which has been a welcome return post pandemic. Not only have we raised additional funds for our Charity Totaliser but also added hundreds of House Points to our House totals for the year.

We have also been laughing our socks off with the entries to our Joke Competition. Pupils were tasked to come up with a joke, make a small donation and enter with the chance to win a voucher. We will be announcing the winner shortly.

On the day itself our staff joined in with the Comic Relief Cupcake Sweepstake. Each picking their favourite cupcake for the chance to win a voucher. Although completely within the rules, Mr Smith attempted to stack the odds in his favour with two picks. However, the winning cupcake was Double Choc Delight meaning that Mr Astall is the one with the luck of the Irish this time.

Finally on Friday afternoon we held our staff vs students football match to raise funds and settle scores away from the classroom. In a four way title race it was tough however the final scores were:

  • 1st – Palmercacio – Sixth Formers
  • 2nd – Leech United – Sixth Formers
  • 3rd – Priceton North End – Staff
  • 4th – Khanton Athletic – Staff

Meaning that the Sixth Form students have dominated the league and take the title home for another year.

Overall we have raised £431.35 for Comic Relief and add this to our Totaliser making a midyear total of £2116.54. Once again thank you for all of your support. We can’t wait for the next big event: https://www.etonecollege.co.uk/charity-counter/

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Christmas Jumper Day

On Friday 17th December our staff and pupils came together to raise money for Christmas Jumper Day in support of Save The Children.

In honour of the day our pupils opted to wear their festive favourites on top of their school uniform and pay £1 with the funds going to support the amazing work that charity does both in the UK and abroad.

With some truly worthy knitwear we have had everything from; pop culture triumphs such as Star Wars, Street Fighter and even Home Alone to timeless classics including Rudolph, Santa, Frosty and penguins. 

Unfortunately not everyone’s jumpers were what we were looking for with our own Mr Smith choosing to wear an appalling design featuring a team we have never heard of!

We would like to take this time to thank you sincerely for all of the support our pupils, staff, parents, carers and friends have shown us this year especially in our fundraising efforts and after the amazing £994 we raised for Children in Need we are overwhelmed to add £308 to our cash total for the year. Along with our Toy and Foodbank Drives we have together shown the community of Nuneaton and the surrounding area that Etone really is a school that cares.

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Year 10 Speakers Trust Workshop Day

On Wednesday 1st December we were delighted to welcome the Speakers Trust at Etone as they delivered their Climate for Change program to a group of our year 10 pupils. The program is geared towards developing the public speaking, communication and listening skills of young people and empowering them to speak on a number of topics close to their heart.

Across the day pupils were given the chance to look at some of the worlds greatest speakers from Winston Churchill to Greta Thunberg, consider the key principles of delivering a strong speech such as using research and evidence to back up points and the strategies we can all use to tackle nerves and get our points across confidently. The pupils have really enjoyed the event with Declan saying “I feel that I have so much more confidence now in giving a speech. It has really helped me and I think it will be good for all of my subjects, especially MFL, English and Enterprise where I have to talk and give presentations.”

As the result of the day a number of our pupils have been entered into the national ‘Race to Zero’ competition for an opportunity to present their speech at a COP26 affiliated event in the new year. We wish them the best of luck and again offer our thanks to Speakers Trust for a really good event. We look forward to hosting more.

More on the race to Zero competition here: https://bit.ly/3xILYZb

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Etone College Nuneaton Foodbank Drive

This term Etone College students have really shown Active Citizenship and highlighted the Eton Values with; raising money for Children in Need, celebrating remembrance and most recently with the Salvation Army Toy Drive. However, it hasn’t stopped there. Each year we collect food on behalf of a local foodbank to provide some basic essentials and festive treats to those in around Nuneaton who are in need of a little Christmas spirit.

It is at this time of year that we are incredibly thankful for what we have and spend time considering those in less fortunate positions. So we are asking for donations to the Nuneaton Foodbank, who do a fantastic job of serving the community and making sure the food and items get to the people who need it most.

If you are able to take part please bring your food in on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th December and give it in at reception. The list of accepted items are on the poster. A small group of Employability Ambassadors will be taking the food on Monday 13th December to the foodbank to do the handover.

Thank you to all of our amazing Etone pupils, parents and staff in advance.

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Student Careers Ambassadors

On Monday 15th November our year 8 Student Careers Ambassadors took part in their first training session with The Careers Hub. During the course of the morning the pupils were busy developing the skills required to fulfil their roles as an ambassador. The session on Monday focused on understanding the Gatsby Benchmarks, a set of 8 key elements which when followed provide a clear framework for careers progression for pupils, along with developing confidence and skills with public speaking. 

The pupils found the sessions really engaging and enjoyed every minute of it and are eager to put the training to the test in the coming weeks. The Careers Hub is an Organisation that helps schools across Coventry and Warwickshire by providing training, support and guidance to pupils.  ​Working in partnership with Etone, they have been into school for Careers Day, enrichment and continue to provide careers guidance along with our Etone Careers team and additional external providers. 

The Student Careers Ambassadors carry out a valuable role for our pupils in providing support to their peers, concerning careers and next steps advice as well as being shining examples of who an Etone Learner is showing the Employability Skills and Etone Values that encompass the school.

We look forward to the follow up training session where our Ambassadors will be looking at Career Goals and supporting others. 

Thank you to the Careers Hub and a big well done to all of our Ambassadors who will continue to receive rewards, including house points for the work they do. 

If you would like to find out more about Gatsby Benchmarks or the Careers Hub please visit their websites:

Careers Hub: https://www.cwcareershub.co.uk/

Gatsby: https://www.gatsby.org.uk/uploads/education/gatsby-careers-4-pager-updated.pdf

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Odd Socks Day

This week (15th November) marks Anti-Bullying Week.

Across this terms in lessons, assemblies and form time our pupils have been taking part in activities considering how we can support society to rid itself of those who bully and how we can be supportive and caring for those who find themselves victims. This year the theme of the week is ‘One Kind Word’ and with the link to World Kindness Day our pupils have done a great job of promoting and the cause and being positive role models for the rest of Nuneaton.

On Monday 15th November the whole school took part in Odd Socks Day, with the underlying value that it doesn’t matter how we may stand out – We are all equal, regardless of circumstance.

Although a serious message our pupils and staff had lots of fun showing off their trendy, stylish and in some cases despairing toe-ware. So in light of this we wish you a Happy Anti-Bullying Week from all of us at Etone.

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Etone Summer School Report 2021

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Etone College’s summer school ran from 9am- 3pm on Monday 9th  August through to Friday 13th  August 2021.

Invites were non-selective and all year 6 students attending Etone College in September 2021 were invited with parents opting in. 52 pupils chose to attend. Each pupil attended three daily sessions, each 1 hour and 45 minutes in length, covering a breadth of subjects and this included team building activities. They had a scheduled lunch slot of 30 mins between 12.45 and 1.15pm and a break from 11.15 – 11.30 am each day.

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Pupils attended sessions in:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Physical education
  • Numeracy
  • Science
  • Literacy
  • ICT
  • Team building with our CCF
  • Food Technology

Aims of the Etone College summer school

  1. Allow pupil to familiarize themselves with the school before starting in September
  2. Support academic progress within subjects with pre-teaching of skills required in September.
  3. Allow pupils to interact with students from other primary feeder schools to build friendships and build confidence for their first day in September.

Click here to read more.

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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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