Shenfield High School


Issue 28: 17 March 2012

News from the Headteacher

Dear Parent 

Welcome to our newsletter.  Our new website is now up and running and I hope you will visit our new site at .  The style of our newsletter, as you can see, has also changed, with the main body of news being in the main newsletter and messages about Year Groups on the clickable tabs above.  I hope you enjoy it.

As promised in the last newsletter, I am able to let you know some exciting news:

New uniform

Following our internal discussion and external consultation, I am pleased to be able to tell you about our new school uniform which will be introduced in September 2012.  We have tried to take into account as much of your feedback as possible.  Our supplier for this uniform will be Red Oak Roller.  The company have a shop in Basildon and an online service. 

Image of new school uniform

In summary, it is as follows: 


Black blazer with school badge


Can be purchased from our supplier already badged.  Alternatively, a plain black blazer may be purchased elsewhere and the badge purchased separately and sewn on.

The colour of the spurs’ roundels on the badge will denote the year group.

Y7 2012 – blue
Y8 2012 – gold
Y9 2012 – red
Y10 2012 – purple
Y11 2012 – green
(These colours will rotate so students starting in Y7 in 2013 will have green roundels, and so on.)

Black tailored trousers

From our supplier or from elsewhere in the same style

Black box pleat skirt, knee length

From our supplier, or elsewhere in the same style

White shirt, short or long sleeved for boys (to be worn with school tie). 

From our supplier, or elsewhere in the same style

White revere collar blouse, short or long sleeved, for girls

From our supplier, or elsewhere in the same style

Optional items:
Black jumper with golden spurs badge
Black cardigan with golden spurs badge
Black sleeveless jumper with golden spurs badge

If purchased, these must be from our supplier.

School tie for boys

Design is not yet finalised but will be available from our supplier.

Black shoes, smart, sensible and safe.  No canvas.  No trainers.


Black socks for boys


Black tights or black socks for girls


For summer – polo shirt for boys and girls with stripe on collar to denote year group, and golden spur badge

Available only from our supplier

Our PE kit will be black and gold, as now, but with the new golden spurs logo.

Full details of the new uniform will be published on our website and will be available to purchase from Red Oak Roller from 1 April 2012 at or from the Red Oak Roller shop.

Parents who answered our questionnaire agreed that there should be a “window” before existing students would be expected to be in our new school uniform. I suggested 2 years; many parents thought that one year would be sufficient.  Of course, it would be wonderful if we could move to the new uniform as quickly as possible with the whole school looking very smart but it would be unfair to expect parents to purchase new uniform if the “old” uniform has been purchased recently and still fits!  We are going to stick with the 2 year window to be as fair as possible.

I hope you will agree that the new uniform is very smart. It is also competitively priced from our supplier with badged blazers costing between  £29.95 and £34.95 depending on size. There is also the flexibility to purchase un-badged items from other sources.

For those parents wishing to purchase the new uniform for existing students straightaway, the information above indicates the year group colour so the correct blazer badge can be purchased. This will be clearly indicated on the Red Oak Roller website.

Summer uniform (ie polo shirts from our supplier, as described above) will be available for Summer 2013 onwards.

I hope you enjoy reading the rest of our news.

Yours sincerely

Carole Herman

It’s more than a game, it’s your life’

With the rise of social media and online gaming over the last few years, more and more children and youngsters are interacting online and creating virtual personas. Although these activities are fun, it does expose them to the potential of being abused. The lines between virtual and real lives are not always clear; it is important that children and young people are aware of the risks involved and protect themselves as much as possible. It is important to remember that most young people can also access the internet via their smart phone – often with no parental control whatsoever.
At school we support students in many ways, educating them in the safe use of technology and helping when things go wrong. Unfortunately, the incidents of unsafe use are growing and increasingly young people do not use the internet in a safe manner – they feel invincible and often do not acknowledge the risks.
However it is known that parents and carers who are actively interested in how the internet is used by their child and set rules at home for usage, significantly increase the safety of their child. Please take an active role in your child’s internet use.
The following information has been taken from the website 
Your child’s personal safety on-line
It’s important your child realises that people online might not be who they say they are and could be dangerous. They should also be aware that any personal information they give out can be used in financial scams or for bullying.
To keep your child safe you should tell them not to:
    • give out personal information to people they only know online - this includes name, home address, landline and mobile numbers, bank details, PIN numbers and passwords
    • supply details for registration without asking for permission and help from you
    • visit chat websites that aren’t fully moderated/supervised
    • arrange to meet an online friend in person without your knowledge and permission (if you agree to let them, you should always go along with them)
    • give any indication of their age or sex in a personal email address or screen name
    • keep anything that worries or upsets them online secret from you
    • respond to unwanted emails or other messages
    • accept or add as ‘friends anyone they don’t know
    • show pictures of themselves that could be used in an unkind or unsafe way
    • use a webcam unsupervised.
You can monitor your child’s internet use by checking the history folder on your browser as it contains a list of previously visited sites.
Unmonitored use of the internet is a real concern and there are many websites offering help and advice. Please have a look at the following:-
Please also email  if you would be interested in attending an internet safety training session for parents. The sessions last for approximately an hour. Please state whether you would be able to attend a session during the day or after school.

Parents Association Fundraising Event

Parents Association Fundraising Event

Expressive Arts: A Night at the Movies

Year 11 BTEC Drama, Final Performances ,Tuesday 27th March 2012, 5:30pm, Drama Studio.

'A Night At The Movies' Image

Come join the Music Department on Thursday 29th March from 6pm, where you can enjoy an evening of film music along with celebrating the achievements with our current musicians.  Tickets are now on sale in the X block at break and lunchtimes. 

Adults £5.00, Concessions £2.50

Parent Cafeé

 Parent CafeParent Café for Parents / Carers of SEN (Special Educational Needs ) Pupils

The learning support department invite you to the next parent café
on Wednesday 21 March 2012
In Room C8, from 4.30pm – 6pm.

 Our next session will be looking at the use of

 ‘Social Networking Sites’ Facebook, Twitter, Bebo - etc.  along with the associated dangers connected with them. 


If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at the school, we are always happy to speak to you and answer any questions that you may have.  or
Telephone: 01277 249256

Higher Education Super Fair

For Year 12 Students – 27th June 2012

Higher Education Fair Image

The Higher Education Fair consists of representatives from over 120 universities and organisations and is run by UCAS and Anglia Ruskin University. The event provides an opportunity for year 12 students in schools and colleges as well as people from all over Essex to discover the opportunities for university study available across the country.

Students will be able to talk with representatives from universities and colleges and collect prospectuses and leaflets on courses.  

They will find out more about the courses by listening to around 30 specialist speakers.

There will be advice on applying for courses, financing studies and other important topic areas. This is the definitive event for those considering higher education.

Letters will be sent out shortly and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  We will provide coach travel to Chelmsford the cost for the day is only £8.

PE: U13 Girls Basketball make Essex Cup Final

PE: U13 Girls Basketball Team PhotoOn Thursday 8th March the U13 girls basketball team travelled to Great Baddow to play in the semi final. The girls progressed well through the preliminary rounds only losing to an extremely strong and physical Greensward side.  This resulted in them finishing runners up in their league and having to play the winners of the other half Great Baddow.

The girls were out sized on court, however they took an early lead through excellent post play from Abbie Stone and superb point guard Carlie Abbott. At half time we were winning by 6 points. The girls listened well at half time and went out fighting in the second half. Abbie Rawlins played strong defence on their key player and kept her out of the game and we slowly built a lead. Hard work and training paid off and our girls pulled away 56 - 44 winners to progress to the Final which will be played on Monday 26th March. All of the team showed determination and excellent fitness levels but particular mention has to go to Tonie Abbott, Izzy Smith, Carlie Abbott, Abbie Stone and Abbie Rawlins who were outstanding throughout the game. Captain Rachel Thompson also lead from the front with some good drives to the basket.

The girls are due to play Greensward in the final and we are looking forward to a competitive game in which hopefully we can get the upper hand.

Year 7 girls’ Essex Cup Basketball

The Year 7 girls team have had a fantastic first season of basketball and it is not over yet! The team won their group stage of the Essex Cup competition, putting them through to the Semi-final against Fitzwimarc School. This is due to be held on Thursday 15th March at Sweyne Park School in Rayleigh. This will be a tough game for the team as Fitzwimarc have a strong and physical squad.

The girls have been training extremely hard and Captain Tonie Abbott has worked hard organising the girls and getting them ready for the game ahead. If the girls win on Thursday, this will be an exceptional achievement, and put them through to the Essex Cup final where they will face the winner of the other Semi.

The Essex Cup final will be held on Monday 19th March at Eastwood School in Southend, SS9 5UU. The game on Monday is due to start at 4.00pm. If the girls progress to the final, support would be very welcomed and it would be lovely to see parents there to show support for all the girls’ hard work.

Good Luck to all the U12 squad in the Semi Final and hopefully more good news is to come next week!

Year 7 & 8 Netball Review

The Year 7 and 8 girls netball teams had a fixture against Moulsham School on 13th March.

The Year 7 team have had a successful run this season and this continued on Tuesday. With some of the squad out due to injury or illness, the girls knew they had to perform well. The team started strongly, and with some girls playing out of position, they managed to hold it together well. In the first half the girls made some silly errors but still managed not to concede any goals. The second half of the game saw much better netball being played and the girls managed to win the game 16-0. Player of the match was awarded to Captain Poppy Timson. Well done year 7’s!

The Year 8 team were out in force as numbers were strong. It was lovely to see a full squad of 11 all playing well together. This meant the girls each had lots of court time and worked well as a team. Georgia Thorpe received player of the match as she worked extremely hard and made some excellent passes. The girls won the game 16-6. Congratulations year 8’s!

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Year 7 Students had a brilliant educational workshop at Sawyers Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on the 1st March. The afternoon presentation gave students the opportunity to ask questions about the Orchestra and also general music questions. Using the Olympics theme, changing it to the Mini Music Olympics, the instrumentalists showed their musical ability whilst competing against each other by playing sections of music as fast as they could and relay races. Students were also getting to know some well know classical pieces whilst the instrumentalists played musical tennis with them. Students scored the performances and also described the pieces of music and how it made them feel. The orchestra then invited the audience to request music for them to play. They responded by playing said pieces without any music in front of them.

After the presentation, a few selected music students were able to participate in a workshop with the professional musicians. The members of the Orchestra demonstrated their instruments and their capabilities, they were: Violin, Bassoon, Oboe, Trumpet and Double Bass. The students who were asked to bring their instruments participated by playing a few bars at a time when directed by the conductor.  It gave students the opportunity to play with other professional musicians and students from other schools.

U16 ESFA National Semi Final

The U16 boys football team lost 3-2 in the ESFA National semi-final on Tuesday 13th March. Shenfield travelled to the Welbeck Defence College, Loughborough to play West Derby School from Liverpool. The SHS team were followed by a good number of supporters who had travelled to cheer on the boys. 

Things did not start well when Captain George Pratt took a blow to the head within the first 5 minutes and was unable to take any further part in the game. This was a huge loss as the skipper has scored 3 goals in the last 2 games. However, he was ably replaced by Jamie Hansen who took control of the midfield with Gavin Singh. As the game settled from the early scrappy exchanges, Shenfield settled and were on top for most of the first half, creating plentiful half-chances but nothing of real substance. This was all despite the physical nature of the oppositions game tact to disrupt the SHS passing style.  At half-time SHS were pleased and were positive that they could get a result against a side who had created nothing.

The second half started brightly with Andrew Freeman weaving his way into the box and lashing a left footed shot against the cross bar. Moments later Jack Morgan found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper only to place the ball wide. However, the SHS pressure paid off when a scrambled corner found its way to George Philp who scored a beautifully driven volley from 16 yards, sparking mass excitement in the SHS crowd. This however also led to the West Derby players upping their physical game with seemingly dangerous challenges going unpunished by the officials leading to a momentum change. With this, West Derby got a surprising equaliser as a long through was flicked into the danger area and the resulting goal mouth fell kindly to the opposition player who scored to make it 1-1. Only minutes later SHS found themselves 2-1 down in an almost carbon copy of the first goal, SHS failed to clear from the set piece. There was one final twist as Shenfield  piled on the pressure in the dying minutes resulting in a SHS free kick which Frankie Kent delivered to the back post. With so many bodies in the box it was a West Derby player who put the ball into his own net with the very last action of normal time to make it 2-2 and send the game into extra-time.

Shenfield High School’s hearts were broken within minutes of the restart as the referee awarded a questionable freekick for an unknown offence. In a similar way to the two previously conceded goals SHS failed to defend the set piece and went 3-2 down. Despite late half chances, SHS could not find the equaliser and failed to progress to the National final.

Despite the result, Shenfield High School yet again has placed itself firmly on the map as one of the country’s leading schools for extra-curricular sport. The U16 boys football team, in their 5 years at SHS, have made  four National finals, won two  National titles, finished runners-up in two 5-a-side National finals and now are ranked in the top 4 for 11-a-side. This has all come from dedication to self-improvement, from regular training, fantastic support from parents who travel around the country and devotion from the staff of the school.

New School Jazz Band

The music department are pleased to announce that they are starting a new Jazz Band due to popular demand!

It plans to help students' instrumental development. Rehearsals will be weekly on Friday after school from 3:30 pm - 4:45pm in X4 and will start on Friday 16th March.  If you would like your child to be involved please ask them to speak to their music teacher in advance.


Year 12 & 13 Performing Arts Trip to the Brentwood Education and Careers Fair,

8th February 2012 

6th Form students from Shenfield High School took part in a Careers Fair at the Brentwood Centre where they interviewed primary school children about the careers they had learnt about during morning careers activities. Our students interviewed the primary school children, the Headteacher of Saint Martin's and also the Mayor of Brentwood about careers and their interests. These interviews were broadcast on the following Saturday morning on Phoenix FM.

SHS students also worked tirelessly supplying an endless flow of beverages to the 200+ exhibitors.

 Brentwood Education and Careers Fair

Year 11 Teechers Performances

 Teechers Poster


Year 11 Drama students put on fantastic performances to a strong audience of 55 in the Drama Studio on Thursday 8th March 2012.

They were performing sections of a play called 'Teechers' by John Godber as part of their course. Teechers is a very popular play with fast moving, inventive and highly entertaining comedy. It tells the story of life at a modern comprehensive school. Mr Nixon, the new drama, teacher arrives to find that life at the school will be a challenge. Students were playing many roles between them and did a fantastic job of portraying the story and comedy to the audience. Some great acting and performance accompanied by music and sound effects to help the audiences imagination.

Magistrates Mock Trial Competition

 Saturday 10th March 2012

Magistrates Mock Trial Image 1

As part of a stretch and challenge activity focusing on Active Citizenship skills, a group of students from Years 8 and 9 took part in a Magistrates' Mock Trial Competition.  The students were given a replica criminal case to prepare and they took on the roles of Lawyers, Magistrates, Legal Advisors, Witnesses and Ushers.  The students have shown real dedication and commitment in giving up a number of their lunchtimes over several weeks in order to study and analyse the case, and prepare for their assigned roles. On Saturday 10th March, the students competed at Basildon Crown Court against other schools in Essex in a real courtroom setting. The students put in a fantastic performance and finished the day in second place overall.

Magistrates Mock Trial Image 2Miss Kadem and Mr Robin would like to congratulate these students for their excellent conduct throughout the day, and the hard work and dedication they have shown throughout this competition: Anna Burns (Prosecution Lawyer), Savannah Hughes (Prosecution Lawyer), Alex McCarthy (Defence Lawyer), Ben Simpson (Defence Lawyer), Rebecca O'Hara (Legal Advisor), Sarah Dunn (Magistrate), Alex Lewcock (Magistrate), Tom West (Magistrate), Jonathon Miles (Defendant), Olivia Barlow (Prosecution Witness) Eleanor Rickenbach (Prosecution Witness), Bethan White (Defence Witness), Conor Sullivan (Usher), Georgia Thorpe (Reserve) and Chelsea Gould (Reserve).

Magistrates Mock Trial Image 3

Year 12 & 13 Trip to the BBC Studios

The day started at 11 am when students had a tour of the studios, visiting studio floors of programmes such as Match of the Day, Blue Peter, Newsround and also the Weather.

The Students also got to see the Tardis from Doctor Who as well as Cars from Ashes to Ashes and many other props from shows.  They were then taken into a working studio where they had an insight into lighting and technical elements of a working studio. 

Students had a brilliant day at the BBC studios visiting the old and new parts of the site.

This was a required part of the BTEC Performing Arts course, students were required to go and see a working studio and also a working theatre.  Students visited The Queens Theatre in Hornchurch a few weeks ago.

Visit to BBC Studios

U14 girls Futsal

The U14 girls Futsal squad played in the County tournament today.  Our girls won their group of 6 teams remaining undefeated, scoring 18 and conceding only 2.  The girls met Gable Hall in the semi-final and were 1-0 down with a minute to go. Mady Villiers produced some skill to beat 2 players and crossed to Katy Pounder who scored taking the game to a penalty shoot-out. Shenfield won 3-1 on penalties with Carly Abbott scoring the winning penalty.

Shenfield met St Martins in the final and 2 good teams could not be seperated despite Abbott hitting the post after a superb run with 30 seconds to go. Charlotte Butler produced 2 fine saves to keep Shenfield in it at this point. So another penalty shoot-out. This time our old rivals got the better of us 3-2 to claim the County title.  Our girls await news of whether their runner-up spot will qualify them for a place in the Regional finals later this year.

The U16 Girls Basketball team defeated Icknield School by an impressive 70 points in the last 16 of the National basketball competition. They play Great Baddow on Monday to retain the Essex title that they have won on all 4 occasions during their time at Shenfield. They will be joined in the County basketball finals by our U12 girls who defeated Fitzwimarc 43-38 after a nervy semi-final. Miss Leborgne's girls have come on in leaps and bounds. They will go into the final against St Martins as underdogs but will give their all to ensure that St Martin's more experienced team get a run for their money.

The U16 boys play Billericay in their respective County final next Wednesday and the U13 girls will play a very tall Greensward side in the County final. With the U18 girls also in the final and the U13 boys awaiting their semi-final, Shenfield again have more teams represented in the County basketball finals than any other school in Essex.

Congratualtions to all boys and girls who have represented the school and trained so hard to make this possible.

Mr G Sapsford
Team Leader PE Shenfield High School

U16 Basketball teams news update

The U16 Girls Basketball team defeated Icknield School by an impressive 70 points in the last 16 of the National basketball competition. They play Great Baddow on Monday to retain the Essex title that they have won on all 4 occasions during their time at Shenfield. They will be joined in the County basketball finals by our U12 girls who defeated Fitzwimarc 43-38 after a nervy semi-final. Miss Leborgne's girls have come on in leaps and bounds. They will go into the final against St Martins as underdogs but will give their all to give St Martin's experienced team a run for their money.

The U16 boys play Billericay in their respective county final next Wednesday and the U13 girls will play a very tall Greensward side in the county final. With the U18 girls also in the final and the U13 boys awaiting their semi-final Shenfield again have more teams represented in the county basketball finals than any other school in Essex.

Congratualtions to all boys and girls who have represented the school and trained so hard to make this possible.

G Sapsford
Team Leader PE Shenfield High School

Valentine's Day Messages raise money for St. Francis’ Hospice

Saint Francis Hospice

On Friday March 9 George Roberts and Mohima Mohchin visited St. Francis’ Hospice in Romford with Mr Miles and Miss Pearce in order to hand over a cheque for all the money that Year 7 students raised sending Valentine’s Messages to each other.

So far Shenfield High School have raised £576.41 for St. Francis’ Hospice and the staff there were thrilled that Year 7 students had been so keen to help others.

Expressive Arts: Trips

We have a number of exciting educational trips going out this term. Expressive Arts Logo

Year 12 & 13:     

DV8:  Can We Talk About This? 15th March 2012, at 8:00 pm, The Lyttelton Theatre, London. NOW FULL!

Year 10 GCSE:

Woman in Black, 22nd March 2012 at 8:00 pm, Fortune Theatre, London. Final 15 Places left!

Year 10 Art Trip:

Victoria and Albert Museum, 30th March 2012, 20 Places Available! 


GCSE, BTEC & A' Level Drama Students: Italy 1st April - 5th April 2012, Lake Garda, Verona and Venice.
All Passports need to be given to Ms Bradley by 23rd March for safe keeping and will be looked after for the duration of the trip by teachers.

Year 8:

Shrek, The Musical, 3rd May 2012 at 7:30pm, at The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. Places Available!

Music Students:

Disneyland, Paris, 16th - 19th July 2012, France. Final 3 spaces left!
Our trip will include a day visit to Paris where they will experience the Eiffel Tower, go on a river cruise on the Bateaux Mouches and finally the performances in a band stand of one of the City’s parks. Students have the opportunity to go into Disneyland on the third day and enjoy the park.  So if you would like your son/daughter to participate in this once in a life time opportunity, please get them to see the Expressive Arts Technician in X19 for more details.

Reminder: For Parents who have booked their child to come to Paris, the next instalment of £96.00 is due on the Friday 23rd March 2012 and needs to be handed into the school shop.


News from the History Department

History Department


5 Students this week have been awarded with a History Achievement Certificate for their excellent work.  This is a great success for the students  well done and keep up the good work!

Year 7

Adam Rajubally
Jack Mountney

Year 8

Daniel Okwuosa
Alexander Lewcock
Alastair Carter


CONGRATULATIONS to all students who have this week been identified as History Gifted, Talented and Able students.  Watch this space for more up coming events!


The Year 7 Trip to Leeds Castle is fast approaching. 

All students will have a place on the trip so can parents please ensure that medical forms and payment are returned to Miss Driscoll in the Humanities Office as soon as possible please.  Many thanks for your co-operation.


The History Department are running a special Gifted, Talented and Able workshop for Year 8 students in the London Docklands.

Letters for this have been given out and places are very limited.  PLEASE bring back payment and medical forms ASAP.

Many thanks Miss Driscoll and Miss McCormick

Year 7 Top Form Contest

Year 7 Top Form latest totals



The Top Form contest is gathering pace, with only two weeks of inspections left until Easter. 

The current leaders, 7NH, are clinging onto the lead by only one point, and recent results have proven that anyone could win it.

Well done to all students who have contributed towards high scores for their forms through excellent attendance, punctuality, preparedness for lesson, appearance and participation in form time and good luck for the next two weeks.

Year 7 students took part in an aerobics session

Year 7 students take part in aerobics

Year 7 students took part in an aerobics session on Wednesday March 14 in order to raise awareness of people who are less fortunate than they are and also to present the money that they had raised for LEPRA. 

The current amount raised by Year 7 students is an amazing £785.54! 

Well done to everyone who took part, not only for such enthusiastic participation but also for presenting such a wonderful image of Shenfield High School in the wider community.