News and Achievement Assemblies


MAde Happen - Year 11 Revision Session


Do not think because something hasn't happened to you that it can't happen.

What an inspiring assembly from NCS—remember, they will be coming back to Cecil Jones in a few weeks’ time during lunch. Take note of your questions and ask them then!

A special well done to Abigail Wells. She has shown such great attitude to learning across her studies and it was a pleasure to recognise it—she’s been accumulating masses of positive Achievement points! Our Year 11 Golden Lanyard recipients are Lukasz Piechowicz and Precious Jones. Both students have shown excellent attitude to learning and engagement! Well done!

I was happy to award 11C with the attendance certificate for this past week—they got a perfect 100%! By getting to school on time every day, students will feel better prepared and more engaged in lessons. This will result in better student performance and positively impact their marks. Continue to set those alarms and get to school on time-- your achievement depends on it!

It is fabulous to recognise seven students who achieved their Bronze awards this week: Paige Fletcher (103); Junior Zakaria (101); Jake Wilson (101); Ethan Peters (101); Jazmine Crowder (101); Jacob Quinnell (100); and, Ben Waters (100). Our top five are really inching that much closer to their Silver Awards: Ronnie Malone (226), Harry Denton (223), Libby Pulham (204), Anastasija Ilgaca (200), and Charly Holbutt (196). Remember, it is 300 for your Silvers!

Sadly, no one solved last week’s brainteaser:

A man working for a secret organisation goes into town but does not want to be discovered. So he makes up another name. That name was Horobod. Can you decipher his real name?

Answer: Robin Hood

Our teaser for this week:

I have a heart that never beats, I have a home but I never sleep. I can take a man’s house and build another’s, And I love to play games with my many brothers. I am a king among fools. Who am I?

First one to give me the correct answer will get those points! Good luck everyone!


You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

Thank you to Mrs Wilson for outlining the common misconceptions and issues from the Internal Assessments. Please remember to work on these, as this will have such a big impact in your next round of internal assessments, but also in the real exams in 12 weeks’ time!

Our world is so much more than the wider community—it’s how we perceive ourselves and our own. Therefore, focus on yourself, just like our Student of the Week has: well done to Ellie South. She has shown such great attitude to learning across her studies and it was a pleasure to recognise it. Our Year 11 Golden Lanyard recipient are Harley-James Shearer and Daisy-Mae White. Both students have shown excellent attitude to learning and engagement across the board! Well done!

I was happy to award 11I again with the attendance certificate for this past week! By getting to school on time every day, students will feel better prepared and more engaged in lessons. This will result in better student performance and positively impact their marks. Continue to set those alarms and get to school on time-- your achievement depends on it!

What a great start for Subject Nominations! I’m happy to award the following students Subject Accolades: Jake Goodwin, Marie Moss, Ellie Ransley, Sahra Hossein, Barbara Molnar and Peaches Diss, for English (wonderful!); Izabella Weeks for Maths; Megan Ross, for Science; Megan Ross (again!), Clara Robson and Grace Darke, for History; Kacper Klimcyzk for Geography; Izabella Weeks (again!), Bruna Fialho and Sophie Gill for Drama; Theresa N’Kunga for Art; Sarah-Jane Kirby for Photography; Bruna Fialho, for Spanish; April Shepardson and Harry Denton, for Business; Sam Kemp, for Music; Libby Pulham for Computer Science; and, Elijah Linton for Creative i-Media. Well done! Students have been selected due to their engagement, hard work and positivity in classes!

Ms Powell still is not impressed with the Year 11 standing in the Cecil Jones Academy Positive SIMS leader board. However, there was some congratulations to extol! Although there are no Year 11 students achieving their Bronze Award this week. In our top five, however are the following—inching that much closer to their Silver Awards: Harry Denton (214), Ronnie Malone (212), Libby Pulham (193), Charly Holbutt (192), and Eden Washbrook (188). Remember, it’s 300 for your Silvers!

Well done to Jake Goodwin and Libby Pulham who solved last week’s brainteaser:

Question: What has a mouth, but cannot chew?

Answer: A River

Our teaser for this week:

A man working for a secret organisation goes into town but does not want to be discovered. So he makes up another name. That name was Horobod. Can you decipher his real name?

First one to give me the correct answer will get those points! Good luck everyone!


One of the goals of education should be to teach that all life is precious.

Thank you to Mrs Hedges for her passionate reflections on the quote above.

In order to ensure that we grow as individuals, it’s important that we focus on ourselves and recognise our strengths and that’s exactly what the following students have done: well done to Ellie Hillsden for achieving Student of the Week. She has shown such great attitude to learning across her studies and it was a pleasure to recognise it. Our Year 11 Golden Lanyard recipient are Anastasija Ilgaca and Archie Salmon. Both students have shown excellent attitude to learning and engagement across the board! Well done!

I was happy to award 11I with the attendance certificate for this past week! By getting to school on time every day, students will feel better prepared and more engaged in lessons. This will result in better student performance and positively impact their marks. Continue to set those alarms and get to school on time-- your achievement depends on it!

I’m happy to award the following students Subject Accolades: Tommy Morgan Patterson and Sophie Kelly, for English; Kacper Klimczyk for Maths; Brandon Jennings, for Science; Liberty Caten-Pendred, for History; Ellie Ransley for Art; Freyja Ellis-Mason for Photography; Daniel Purll, for Spanish; April Shepardson and Mahbhir Mahmud, for Business; Libery Caten-Pendred, for Music; Daniel Purll for Computer Science; and, Tehya Spiers for Creative i-Media. Well done! Students have been selected due to their engagement, hard work and positivity in classes!

Ms Powell still is not impressed with the Year 11 standing in the Cecil Jones Academy Positive SIMS leader board. Year 11 are fifth place (FIFTH PLACE!), for both our weekly and yearly Positive SIMS. This really needs to improve if Year 11 want to dominate the school. However, there was some congratulations to extol! Although there are no Year 11 students achieving their Bronze Award this week. In our top five, however are the following—inching that much closer to their Silver Awards: Harry Denton (214), Ronnie Malone (212), Libby Pulham (193), Charly Holbutt (192), and Eden Washbrook (188). Remember, it’s 300 for your Silvers!

Well done to Jake Goodwin who solved last week’s brainteaser:

Sandbox

Our teaser for this week:

What has a mouth, but cannot chew?


Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that!
-Rev Martin Luther King, Jr.

This Dr King quote is still very pertinent today. In a time of uncertainty—with the fires in the Amazon and Australia, where the threat of another war is looming—it is important to take a break from these horrific events. Since you’ve been alive, there has been war. Nations and cultures have been fighting for, in their view, what is justice, recognition, or vengeance. Closer to home, we see this hate bubbling up. There are people who are STILL being treated differently because of their race, religion, gender or sexuality. However, it is up to us to change this. The Rev King consistently spoke about the unjust event happening in the States. He saw suffering, abuse and harassment—and this wasn’t just in the South—but, across America. However, he was determined to fight back with acceptance, tolerance and love. This is the only way forward—we need to strive to ensure that this darkness is eradicated by the good in ourselves, whatever path we decide to make or take for ourselves. It is up to us.

Ms Powell went on the celebrate Year 11 achievement from the first week back well done to Sahra Hossein for achieving Student of the Week. She has shown such great attitude to learning across her studies and it was a pleasure to recognise it. Our Year 11 Golden Lanyard recipient are Shanti Moores-Matthew and Harry Denton. Both students have shown excellent attitude to learning and engagement across the board! Well done!

I was happy to award 11C with the attendance certificate for this past week! By getting to school on time every day, students will feel better prepared and more engaged in lessons. This will result in better student performance and positively impact their marks. Continue to set those alarms and get to school on time-- your achievement depends on it!

What a great start for Subject Nominations! I’m happy to award the following students Subject Accolades: George Hurd, for English; Maryam Elsayed for Maths; Mikey Witney, for Science; Jennifer Rout, for History; Rrezarta Gashi and Wanesa Gabor for Photography; Gabriel Mitrik, for Spanish; Jacob Smith and Bailey Vincent, for Business; Clara Robson, for Music; Ellie Hillsden, for Computer Science; and, Taylor Green for Creative i-Media. Well done! Students have been selected due to their engagement, hard work and positivity in classes!

Ms Powell still is not impressed with the Year 11 standing in the Cecil Jones Academy Positive SIMS leader board. Year 11 are fifth place (FIFTH PLACE!), for both our weekly and yearly Positive SIMS. This really needs to improve if Year 11 want to dominate the school. However, there was some congratulations to extol! Well done to the following students who achieved their Bronze awards for their individual positive SIMS points: Maryam Elsayed (101), Zoe Zinonos (101) and Casson Green (100). Well done! Remember to check the list in the canteen to see the Year 11 standings! In our top five, however are the following—inching that much closer to their Silver Awards: Harry Denton (208), Ronnie Malone (207), Libby Pulham (188), Charly Holbutt (187), and Eden Washbrook (182). Remember, it’s 300 for your Silvers!

Well done to George Watkins who solved the last brainteaser of 2019:

Reading between the lines

Our teaser for this week is another visual one:

What does it mean??

And a special well done to 11L, who cracked the first quiz of the term!


We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give,

Winston Churchill

Thank you to Mrs Compton, who led today’s assembly, reflecting on Churchill’s quote above.

As the new year commences, it’s a time to refocus and strive to meet our new goals and resolutions. Often, people use the start of the year to let go of issues, problems and setbacks from the previous year—and why not? It’s a great time to do it. There’s a reason why New Year’s Resolutions are so popular. So, what are yours? How will you achieve it? Will you evolve like the mobile phone?

Ms Powell briefly spoke about auditioning for the new Musical—how exciting, Glee!—as well as the next Open Evening for Southend Football Club. For more information, please see Ms Powell.

We ended the year on a high—there were so many awards recognising achievement and effort at the end of last term. I cannot wait to beat that record! I want to see new names! And what a great way to start: a very special well done to Tiffany Burrell for achieving Student of the Week. She has shown such great attitude to learning across her studies and it was a pleasure to recognise it—not to mention her participation in the Christmas Carol Concert! Our Year 11 Golden Lanyard recipient are Gabriel Mitrik and Kitty Heyns. Both students have shown excellent attitude to learning and engagement across the board! Well done!

I was happy to award 11E with the attendance certificate for this past week! By getting to school on time every day, students will feel better prepared and more engaged in lessons. This will result in better student performance and positively impact their marks. Continue to set those alarms and get to school on time-- your achievement depends on it!

Ms Powell still isn’t impressed with the Year 11 standing in the Cecil Jones Academy Positive SIMS leaderboard. Year 11 are fourth place (FOURTH PLACE?!), for both our weekly and yearly Positive SIMS. This really needs to improve if Year 11 want to dominate the school. However, there was some congratulations to extol! Well done to the following students who achieved their Bronze awards for their individual positive SIMS points: Courtney WIlliams (102) and Ellie Despy (101). Well done! Remember to check the list in the canteen to see the Year 11 standings!

Well done to Jake Goodwin, who solved the last brainteaser of 2019:

If the end of the year is on the 31st December, then what does Christmas end with?

Answer: S (of course!)

This week’s riddle is a visual one:

R|E|A|D|I|N|G

What does it mean??

Best of luck!

 

Celebration Assembly

It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.

Again, there are no assemblies on during the last week of Year 11 internal assessments. However, I would still like to recognise Year 11 achievements.

A very special well done to Harry Denton for achieving Student of the Week. He has shown such great attitude to learning across his studies and it was a pleasure to recognise it. Our Year 11 Golden Lanyard recipients are Charly Holbutt and Kacper Klimczyk. Both students have shown excellent attitude to learning and engagement across the board! Well done!

I was happy to award 11O with the attendance certificate for this past week—99.5%! By getting to school on time every day, students will feel better prepared and more engaged in lessons. This will result in better student performance and positively impact their marks. Continue to set those alarms and get to school on time-- your achievement depends on it!

Ms Powell still isn’t impressed with the Year 11 standing in the Cecil Jones Academy Positive SIMS leaderboard. Year 11 are fourth place (FOURTH PLACE?!), for both our weekly and yearly Positive SIMS. This really needs to improve if Year 11 want to dominate the school. However, there was some congratulations to extol! Well done to the following students who achieved their Bronze awards for their individual positive SIMS points: Ali Mehdi (101) and Theresa N’Kunga (100). Well done! Remember to check the list in the canteen to see the Year 11 standings!

Sadly, no one got last week’s riddle:

A quote by H. Jackson Brown Jr. has been split up into groups.

Rearrange the groups to form the quote. What should it say?

BES  EPA  FOR  ING  ION  ODAY  ORR  OWI  RAT  RBE  SDO  STT  THE  TOM  TPR  YOU

The answer is:

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today

(Ms Powell: how apt!)

This week’s riddle should be a little easier:

If it took 6 people 9 hours to build a barn, how long would it take 12 people to build the same barn?

Best of luck!


“Carry out a random act of kindness without expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone will do the same for you.”
Princess Diana

Thank you to NCS, who presented assembly today! It’s such a great organisation to get involved with. Remember, they will be in the canteen later on in the year to answer your questions and give you more information. Don’t let this opportunity pass!

It’s only 5 days until your internal assessments—are you ready yet? Remember, these assessments will be key for your predicted grades for any references and applications to college/sixth-forms. Be sure to continue to revise!

A very special well done to Jennifer Rout for achieving Student of the Week. She has shown such a great attitude to learning across her studies and it was a pleasure to recognise it. Our Year 11 Golden Lanyard recipients are Charlie Phipps and Lilly Arrowsmith. Both students have shown excellent attitude to learning and engagement across the board! Well done!

I was happy to award 11C with the attendance certificate for this past week. By getting to school on time every day, students will feel better prepared and more engaged in lessons. This will result in better student performance and positively impact their marks. Continue to set those alarms and get to school on time-- your achievement depends on it!

Ms Powell still isn’t impressed with the Year 11 standing in the Cecil Jones Academy Positive SIMS leader board. Year 11 are third place (THIRD PLACE!?), trailing behind Year 10 and Year 8. Ms was also sad to announced that Year 11 is still at fourth place, behind Year 8, 7 and 10, in accumulating the most Positive SIMS points that week. This really needs to improve if Year 11 want to dominate the school. However, there were some congratulations to extol! Well done to the following students who achieved their Bronze awards for their individual positive SIMS points: Jennifer Rout (109); Grace Fane (108); Tommy Morgan Paterson (105); Ellie Hillsden (105); Tabitha Elliott (103); Danny Short (102); Maria Estavan (102); Georgina Lester-Ballan (102); Shanti Moores-Matthews (101); Bailey Vincent (100); Charlie Gimblet (100); and, Harry Mead-Meszaros (100). Well done! Remember to check the list in the canteen to see the Year 11 standings!

Well done to Zoe Zinonos, who got the riddle:

It’s a map! (What has cities, but no people; mountains, but no trees; and water but no fish?)

This week’s riddle is a bit of a doozy:

Suppose you're in a hallway lined with 100 closed lockers.
You begin by opening every locker. Then you close every second locker. Then you go to every third locker and open it (if it's closed) or close it (if it's open). Let's call this action toggling a locker. Continue toggling every nth locker on pass number n. After 100 passes, where you toggle only locker #100, how many lockers are open?

Good luck!


“Whoever is trying to bring you down is already below you.”

It is 15 days until your internal assessments—are you ready yet? Remember, these assessments will be key for your predicted grades for any references and applications to college/sixth-forms. Be sure to continue to revise!

Today we saw the official launch of Google Classroom for Year 11. Students will be able to access all sorts of information on this platform, including revision work, internal assessment timetables, and other important information. Ms Powell did tell them that today, Monday, 11 November at 5pm, there will be a special announcement that will be sent out on Google Classroom. Students must log in and get involved in order to receive it! If you have any questions, please see either Ms Powell or Mr Heafield, Curriculum Team Leader for ICT.

A very special well done to Daisy-Mae White for achieving Student of the Week. She has shown such great attitude to learning across her studies and it was a pleasure to recognise it. Our Year 11 Golden Lanyard recipient are Brandon Jennings and Barbara Molnar. Both students have shown excellent attitude to learning and engagement across the board! Well done!

Nominations this week have been coming in thick and fast! I am pleased to announce the following Subject Accolades for this week: Sahra Hossein for her brilliant efforts in English; Bradon Mildred for his excellent attitude to learning in Science; Ben Waters for an excellent start for his current topic; Connor Brighting and Lucy Lam for superb effort in Geography; Isabella Horgan for her brilliant photoshoots in Photography; Kitty Heyns and Megan Ross for this fabulous engagement in Drama; Georgina Lester-Ballan for her brilliant homework and Connor Brighting for his engagement in RE; Maryam Elsayed, April Shepardson, and Tarick Ahmed for their efforts, resilience and performance in their mock exam in Businss; and, Clara Robson for her superb work ethic in Music. Well done to you all!

I was happy to award 11C with the attendance certificate for this past week. By getting to school on time every day, students will feel better prepared and more engaged in lessons. This will result in better student performance and positively impact their marks. Continue to set those alarms and get to school on time- your achievement depends on it!

Year 11 are currently in second place, trailing behind Year 10 by just over 150 positive points. However, there was some congratulations. Well done to the following students who achieved their Bronze awards for their individual positive SIMS points: Brandon Jennings (103), Daisy-Mae White (102), Peaches Diss (101), James Millar (101), and Vitalii Panchenko (101). Well done! Remember to check the list in the canteen to see the Year 11 standings!

Well done to Connor Brighting and Zoe Zinonos, who got the riddle:

The Question: 81 x 9 = 801. What must you do to make this equation true?

Answer:

Flip it!

108=18 x 6

This week’s riddle is yet another Maths one:

How can you add eight 6s together so that the total adds up to 750?

Can’t wait to read those responses next week!


A very special well done to Ellie South for achieving Student of the Week. She has shown such great attitude to learning across her studies and it was a pleasure to recognise it. Our Year 11 Golden Lanyard recipients are Ethan Hoyle and Tehya Spiers. Both students have shown excellent attitude to learning and engagement across the board! Well done!

I was happy to award both 11C with the attendance certificate for this past week. By getting to school on time every day, students will feel better prepared and more engaged in lessons. This will result in better student performance and positively impact their marks. Continue to set those alarms and get to school on time, your achievement depends on it!

Ms Powell wasn’t terribly thrilled with the Year 11 standing in the Cecil Jones Academy Positive SIMS leaderboard. Year 11 are second place, trailing behind Year 10 by just over 200 points. However, there was some congratulations. Well done to the following students who achieved their Bronze Awards for their individual positive SIMS points: Clara Robson, Jake Goodwin, Sahra Hossein, Bobby Bradford, Tehya Spiers, Colin Rickwood, Hallie Caten, Ellie South, Ethan Hoyle, Gabriella Kisoka, and Toby Robson. Well done! Remember to check the list in the canteen to see the Year 11 standings!

Well done to Connor Brighting, who got the riddle:

  • 2+3=8,
  • 3+7=27,
  • 4+5=32,
  • 5+8=60,
  • 6+7=72,
  • 7+8=??

It was 98! How?

  • 2+3=2*[3+(2-1)]=8
  • 3+7=3*[7+(3-1)]=27
  • 4+5=4*[5+(4-1)]=32
  • 5+8=5*[8+(5-1)]=60
  • 6+7=6*[7+(6-1)]=72

therefore

  • 7+8=7*[8+(7-1)]=98
  • x+y=x[y+(x-1)]=x^2+xy-x

This week’s riddle is yet another Maths one: 81 x 9 = 801. But what must you do to make this equation true? Winner will be announced in next week’s assembly.

Our Quiz of the Week winner is: 11J. Excellent work—you seem to know the top 100 chart hits! Let’s see who wins this week’s chocolates. Good luck to all Year 11 forms.


“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”- Mahatma Gandhi

Today’s assembly focussed on the lens of hate and the importance of compassion. Like Gandhi, Dr King has an apt quote for current events affecting the world now: “To retaliate with hate and bitterness would do nothing but intensify the hate in the world,” Martin Luther King, Jr. said. “Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate. This can be done only by projecting the ethics of love to the center of our lives.”

In order to change the world into a better, more just place to live starts with us. We can choose how we approach a problem, issue or dilemma that seems unjust or just wrong. We can confront it with similar feelings of bitterness and replay and perpetuate the scenario over and over again. But things won’t change. That bitterness will continue to come back and haunt you. The cycle won’t end and you will find yourself in the same situation again and again. Or we can change it. We can interrupt it with compassion and understanding. This understanding aims to change the issue, the problem, to enable everyone involved to fix the problem. Empathy and compassion will better the world, and this is how situations improve.

After a moment of reflection, Ms Powell continued the assembly to recognise Year 11 achievements. A very special well done to Marie Moss for achieving Student of the Week. She has shown such great attitude to learning across her studies and it was a pleasure to recognise it. Our Year 11 Golden Lanyard recipient are Sam Kemp and Tania Woods. Both students have shown excellent attitude to learning and engagement across the board! Well done!

I was happy to award both 11C with the attendance certificate for this past week. By getting to school on time every day, students will feel better prepared and more engaged in lessons. This will result in better student performance and positively impact their marks. Continue to set those alarms and get to school on time-- your achievement depends on it!

Again, there has been a record number of nominations from subjects this week. Continuing on with our weekly Subject Accolades, I’m pleased to announced Freyja Ellis-Mason and Dillon White obtained the English nominations; Connor Brighting and Barbara Molnar both are achieving well in Maths; Grace Darke for Science; Eden Washbrook for History; Charlotte Hague for Geography; Lucy Lam for Art; and, Barbara Molnar, Precious Jones and Lucy Lam for Photography; and, Maria Estavan for Textiles. Maryam Elsayed and Jacob Quinnell both obtained Entrepreneur of the Week for their hard work in Business Studies, while Lucy Lam was nominated in RE. All of these nominations truly show a renewed work ethic and dedication by the Year 11s. Well done!

Well done to Tania Woods, who got the riddle: What has to be broken before it can be used?(Answer: an egg). This week’s riddle is a Maths-based one:

2+3=8,
3+7=27,
4+5=32,
5+8=60,
6+7=72,
7+8=??

The winner to be revealed next week!

Our Quiz of the Week winner is: 11O. Excellent work!

Achievement assembly 

A special assembly took place on Monday: we heard the hustings for our candidates for Head Boy and Head Girl. Therefore, our Achievement assembly was a little shorter than normal.

That said, a very special well done to Amethyst Clements for achieving Student of the Week. She has shown such great attitude to learning and commitment across her studies and it was a pleasure to recognise it. Our Year 11 Golden Lanyard recipients are Toby Robson and Anastasija Ilgaca. Both students have shown excellent attitude to learning across the board. Well done!

I was happy to award 11C with the attendance certificate for this past week. By getting to school on time every day, students will feel better prepared and more engaged in lessons. This will result in better student performance and positively impact their marks. Continue to set those alarms and get to school on time-- your achievement depends on it!

Remember to vote for those candidates that will represent you!


We are reminded of what Barak Obama said: Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. With half-term approaching, this quote is a timely reminder that we are the enablers of change and we are the ones that must act—for it is our future that is in jeopardy if not!

A special well done to Lucy Lam for achieving Student of the Week because of her absolutely fabulously presented and well-organised books across each and every one of her lessons. Excerpts of these books will be showcased on the website soon! Our Year 11 Golden Lanyard recipient are Holly Dunlop and Brandon Jennings. Both students have shown excellent attitude to learning across the board; well done.

Again, there has been a record number of nominations from subjects this week. Continuing on with our weekly Subject Accolades, I’m pleased to announced that Tommy Morgan-Patterson and Megan Edge obtained the English nominations; Amethyst Clements is achieving well in Maths; Barbara Molnar for Science; Courtney Williams for History; Paige Fletcher for Geography; Tiffany Burrell, Ellie Despy and Liberty Caten-Pendred for Music; Haaris Ahmed for Computer Science; James Millar for Creative i-Media; Stefani Marcinova and Tania Woods for Art; and, Barbara Molnar and Lucy Lam for Photography. All of these nominations truly show a renewed work ethic and dedication by the Year 11s. Well done.

Well done to Jake Goodwin, who got the riddle: A woman is sitting in her hotel room when there is a knock at the door. She opened the door to see a man whom she had never seen before. He said "oh I'm sorry, I have made a mistake, I thought this was my room." He then went down the corridor and in the elevator. The woman went back into her room and phoned security. What made the woman so suspicious of the man? (Answer: a person doesn’t knock at their own hotel room door). This week’s riddle is a bit simpler, but confusing: What has a tongue, but never speaks; has no legs, but sometimes walks? The winner to be revealed next week!

After a successful start to the term, I was happy to award both 11C and 11I with the attendance certificate for their attendance last week. By getting to school on time every day, students will feel better prepared and more engaged in lessons. This will result in better student performance and positively impact their marks. Continue to set those alarms and get to school on time-- your achievement depends on it!

As always, I was happy to recognise such studious pupils again this week. These accolades really highlight Cecil Jones’ philosophy of doing the right thing, at the right time in the right place. Well done again!


This week’s Quote of the Week is from Exposure, by Wilfred Owen. I was pleased to showcase one student’s annotations of this poem, complete with analyses and key quotes. I’ve attached this slide to the website, so please make use of it!

Mr Johnson opened the assembly this afternoon, focussing on the quote: A healthy relationship will never require you to sacrifice your friends, your dreams or your dignity.

A special well done to Libby Pulham for achieving Student of the Week her firm commitment to her studies! She is definitely an excellent example for approaching Year 11. Our Year 11 Golden Lanyard recipients are Tiffany Burrell and Jack Everitt. Both students show good engagement and positive attitude to learning across the board. Well done!

Again, there has been a record number of nominations from subjects this week. Continuing on with our weekly Subject Accolades, I’m pleased to announced that Tommy Morgan-Patterson, Megan Edge and Connor Brighting obtained the English nominations; Amethyst Clements is achieving well in Maths; Daniel Purll for Science; Theresa N’Kunga, Maryam Elsayed, and Grace Darke for History; Megan Ross and Kitty Heyns for Drama; April-Marie Shepardson and James Millar for Business; Connor Brighting for Music; Liam Ring for Computer Science; Bobby Bradford for Creative i-Media; and, Tia Ray and Freyja Ellis-Mason for Photography. All of these nominations truly show a renewed work ethic and dedication by the Year 11 students. Well done!

After weeks of trying to beat the cohort, I finally did it! No one got the answer to our weekly riddle was our winner of this week’s riddle: Rearrange the letters of 'PLAN OVERSEAS PLACES' to give three items found on the ground at this time of year. (leaves, acorns and apples). This week’s riddle is a little more convoluted—but, let’s give it a go: A woman is sitting in her hotel room when there is a knock at the door. She opened the door to see a man whom she had never seen before. He said "oh I'm sorry, I have made a mistake, I thought this was my room." He then went down the corridor and in the elevator. The woman went back into her room and phoned security. What made the woman so suspicious of the man? The winner to be revealed next week! And accolades to 11C for winning this week’s quiz—a box of chocolates coming your way. Well done!

After a successful start to the term, I was happy to award 11I with the attendance certificate for their attendance last week. By getting to school on time every day, students will feel better prepared and more engaged in lessons. This will result in better student performance and positively impact their marks. Continue to set those alarms and get to school on time-- your achievement depends on it!

As always, I was happy to recognise such studious pupils again this week. These accolades really highlight Cecil Jones’ philosophy of be in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing. Well done again!


Year 11 assemblies are starting to take a different shape now that the year has fully begun and students are engaged and focused in lessons. Each assembly will start with a Quote of the Week. This weekly segment highlights a quote from a poem or literary work needed for Year 11 public examinations. Students will not only read (and reread!) a quote that they have studied in their English classes, but also read annotations from other students and a tiny tidbit about the selected quote on display. This week’s Quote of the Week is from Remains, by Simon Armitage.

The Sixth Formers opened up about Youth Parliament elections. There are some great issues on the ballot and all students will have the opportunity to vote on them in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you have any questions about it please see either Mr Andrews or Mrs Dudbridge for more information.

A special well done to Charlotte Hague for achieving Student of the Week for her fantastic start to Year 11; Charlotte embodies hard work and engagement—it was fab to recognise her for her work! Our Year 11 Golden Lanyard recipients are Megan Lilley and Jack Everitt. Both students have been active in ensuring that they are engaged and positive across all of their lessons—it’s great to see such a positive attitude! Well done!

Again, there has been a record number of nominations from subjects this week—showing the vivacity of Year 11 attitude in lessons! Continuing on with our weekly Subject Accolades, I’m pleased to announced that Rahim Ali and Precious Jones for their exceptional attitude and engagement in English; Bobi McGlynn and Alex Olaru in Maths; Alfie Cooke, Mahbhir Mahmud, and Katie Bailey for Science; Rahim Ali (again!) for Geography; Bobby Bradford and Liberty Caten-Pendred for History; Charlie Bailey and Mikey Witney for Art; Holly Wing, Anastasija Ilgaca, and Sophie Gill for Drama; Mahbhir Mahmud, Rahim Ali and Daisy-May White for Business; Liberty Caten-Pendred and Connor Brighting for Music; Amethyst Clements, Harley-James Shearer, Hallie Caten and Megan Edge for Materials; and, Jennifer Rout for Health and Social Care. All of these nominations truly show a renewed work ethic and dedication by the Year 11s. This is only a snippet of exceptional engagement displayed in the classroom and I cannot wait to recognise more Year 11s in future assemblies. Well done!

Mikey Witney was our winner of this week’s riddle: What English word retains the same pronunciation, even after you take away four of its five letters? (queue). This week’s riddle is a little more difficult: What is it that given one, you’ll have either two or none? Winner to be revealed next week! And accolades to 11J and 11L for winner this week’s quiz—a couple boxes of chocolates are coming your way. Well done!

After a successful start to the term, I was happy to award 11C with the attendance certificate for their attendance last week. By getting to school on time every day, students will feel better prepared and more engaged in lessons. This will result in better student performance and positively impact their marks. Continue to set those alarms and get to school on time-- your achievement depends on it!

As always, I was happy to recognise such studious pupils again this week. These accolades really highlight Cecil Jones’ philosophy of doing the right thing, at the right time in the right place. Well done again!

Year 11 2128 2128
Year 10 1862 1862
Year  7 1825 1825
Year  9 1792 1792
Year  8 1654 1654
Year 12 238 238
Year 13 73 73

A special shout-out to the following students, who have joined Vidhi Patel in gaining their Bronze Certificate for most positive SIMS achieved:

  • Nelogain Uthayakumaran: 106
  • Marie Moss 104
  • Ronnie Malone 102
  • Tiffany Burrell 100

There are a fair few students close behind, so I expect to announce more names in the coming weeks!

Well done Year 11 for starting off the year so positive and engaged!

I was pleased to see some absolutely amazing work happening across Maths, English and Science this week. Our Year 11s are really focused in lessons and investing in themselves for those summer examinations. Please celebrate and encourage their revision at home, as they are applying themselves in school!


09 September 

What a great start to the year—the amount of notifications and discussions I’m having with teachers about the positive start to Year 11 has been overwhelming! Students are focussed and engaged—and it’s showing!

A special thank you to Miss Chapman who led the start of assembly by outlining priorities: “The key is not to prioritise what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” It was an extremely informative discussion that centred around targets, goal setting and work ethic; a stark reminder for all Year 11 students about their expectations of this current year.

This apt quote was then followed by Year 11 students who are truly embodying it! A well done to Brooke Tyrell for achieving Student of the Week for her fantastic start to Year 11, she’s not only asking for revision materials, but is also becoming Cecil Jones’s very own student teacher and helping out her peers! Our Year 11 Golden Lanyard recipient is April-Marie Shepherdson. April was nominated because of her dedication and achievement across her subjects. Enjoy those lunches!

The start of Year 11 has been fantastic, with a record number of students being nominated at the start of the year. Nicholas Andrea for his exceptional attitude and engagement in English; Ben Waters, Ethan Peters, Jacob Smith and Elijah Linton in Maths; Jayden Fry for Science; Holly Dunlop, Megan Lilley, and Harley Davis for Geography; Toby Grainger and Liam Merrin for History; Eden Washbrook, Precious Jones, and Anastajia Ilgaca for Photography; Grace Fane and Paige Fletcher for Art; Kitty Heyns, Paige Fletcher, and Ronnie Malone for Drama; and, Jack Foord and Jacob Smith for their engagement in iMedia. All of these nominations truly show a renewed work ethic and dedication by the Year 11s. This is only a snippet of exceptional engagement displayed in the classroom and I cannot wait to recognise more Year 11s in future assemblies. Well done!

Chloe Search was our winner of this week’s riddle: What disappears when you say it (silence). This week’s riddle is a little more fiendish: What English word retains the same pronunciation, even after you take away four of its five letters? Winner to be revealed next week! And accolades to 10E for winner this week’s quiz—a couple boxes of chocs coming your way. Well done!

After a successful start to the term, I was happy to award 11C with the attendance certificate for their attendance last week. By getting to school on time every day, students will feel better prepared and more engaged in lessons. This will result in better student performance and positively impact their marks. Continue to set those alarms and get to school on time-- your achievement depends on it!

As always, I was happy to recognise such studious pupils again this week. These accolades really highlight Cecil Jones’s philosophy of doing the right thing, at the right time in the right place. Well done again!

Awards

9th March

“People generally see what they look for and hear what they listen for”

To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee

Thank you to Mrs Reeves for your excellent presentation on perception. Also, I would like to thank Mr Barclay for his extremely helpful talk on common mistakes in the Science internal assessments. Please ensure that you act upon this advice and it will difference in your marks.

A special well done to Bobby Bradford, who is our Student of the Week. He has shown such great attitude to learning across his studies and it was a pleasure to recognise it—he’s been accumulating masses of positive Achievement points! Our Year 11 Golden Lanyard recipients are Hallie-Jade Blackshaw and Ronnie Malone. Both students have shown excellent attitude to learning and engagement! Well done!

I was happy to award 11C with the attendance certificate for this past week—they’ve regained first place! By getting to school on time every day, students will feel better prepared and more engaged in lessons. This will result in better student performance and positively impact their marks. Continue to set those alarms and get to school on time-- your achievement depends on it!

Our top five are really inching that much closer to their Silver Awards: Ronnie Malone (245), Harry Denton (241), Libby Pulham (222), Charly Holbutt (221), and Anastasija Ilgaca (221). Remember, it’s 300 for your Silvers! Well done to Tarick Ahmed and Sam Day who both earned their Bronze award with 100 points each!

Sadly, no one solved last week’s brainteasers—too much focus on your internal assessments:

What digit is the most frequent between the numbers 1 and 1,000 (inclusive)? To solve this riddle you don't want to manually do all of the math but rather try to figure out a pattern.

The answer: 1!

For this week, try your hand at this rebus:

Answers by the end of the week!

Best of luck!

 

3rd March

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.

Sadly, there is no assembly this week due to the second round of internal assessments. However, there are still students to highlight!

A special well done to Ellie Hillsden, who is our Student of the Week. She has shown such great attitude to learning across her studies and it was a pleasure to recognise it—she’s been accumulating masses of positive Achievement points! Our Year 11 Golden Lanyard recipients are Clara Robson and Ethan Hoyle. Both students have shown excellent attitude to learning and engagement! Well done!

I was happy to award 11I with the attendance certificate for this past week! By getting to school on time every day, students will feel better prepared and more engaged in lessons. This will result in better student performance and positively impact their marks. Continue to set those alarms and get to school on time-- your achievement depends on it!

We’ve dropped back in down to fifth place for the school’s Positive SIMS from 2 September… urgh! This really needs to improve if Year 11 want to dominate the school. There aren’t any new Bronze award winners this week, however our top five are really inching that much closer to their Silver Awards: Ronnie Malone (239), Harry Denton (238), Libby Pulham (219), Charly Holbutt (216), and Anastasija Ilgaca (216). Remember, it’s 300 for your Silvers!

Our brainteaser is still ongoing, with the winner to be announced later in the week. But, here it is!

What digit is the most frequent between the numbers 1 and 1,000 (inclusive)? To solve this riddle you don't want to manually do all of the math but rather try to figure out a pattern.

Best of luck and study hard for your exams!

 

24th Feb

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.

Sadly, there is no assembly this week due to the second round of internal assessments. However, there are still students to highlight!

A special well done to Mateusz Trembecki, who is our Student of the Week. He has shown such great attitude to learning across his studies and it was a pleasure to recognise it—he’s been accumulating masses of positive Achievement points! Our Year 11 Golden Lanyard recipients are Charlie Gimblet and Amethyst Clements. Both students have shown excellent attitude to learning and engagement! Well done!

I was happy to again award 11C with the attendance certificate for this past week again—third week in a row! By getting to school on time every day, students will feel better prepared and more engaged in lessons. This will result in better student performance and positively impact their marks. Continue to set those alarms and get to school on time-- your achievement depends on it!

We moved up! We’re now back in fourth place for the school’s Positive SIMS from 2 September! Brilliant news! However, this really needs to improve if Year 11 want to dominate the school. There aren’t any new Bronze award winners this week, however our top five are really inching that much closer to their Silver Awards: Ronnie Malone (237), Harry Denton (236), Libby Pulham (217), Charly Holbutt (213), and Anastasija Ilgaca (213). Remember, it’s 300 for your Silvers!

Well done to our master brainteaser solver, Jake Goodwin, who cracked the case of the even sevens:

How do you make the number 7 an even number without addition, subtraction, multiplication or division?

  • Take away the S

Our brainteaser for this week is:

What digit is the most frequent between the numbers 1 and 1,000 (inclusive)? To solve this riddle you don't want to manually do all of the math but rather try to figure out a pattern.

Best of luck and study hard for your exams!

 

10th Feb

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Sadly, there is no assembly this week. However, there are tonnes of nominations! Read on!

A special well done to Clara Robson, who is our Student of the Week. She has shown such great attitude to learning across her studies and it was a pleasure to recognise it—she’s been accumulating masses of positive Achievement points! Our Year 11 Golden Lanyard recipients are Daniel Purll and Freyja Ellis-Mason. Both students have shown excellent attitude to learning and engagement! Well done!

I was happy to award 11C with the attendance certificate for this past week again—second week in a row! By getting to school on time every day, students will feel better prepared and more engaged in lessons. This will result in better student performance and positively impact their marks. Continue to set those alarms and get to school on time-- your achievement depends on it!

What a great amount of Year 11 recognition this week, with nominations from every subject: Well done to Daniel Purll in Computer Science for hard work and a studious attitude; and Dylan Simms in Creative i-Media! Holly Dunlop secured her nomination in Spanish for her work ethic and attitude in speaking practice. Dillon White was nominated in Business this week, while Tiffany Burrell secured her nomination in Music for an excellent composition. Kitty Heyns, Holly Wing, and Ronnie Malone all were nominated in Drama for their excellent work, and Sarah-Jane Kirby managed to be nominated in Photography for a second time in a row for her consistent effort! Science has recognised Jazmine Crowder! Well done!

Ms Powell still isn’t impressed with the Year 11 standing in the Cecil Jones Academy Positive SIMS leaderboard. Year 11 are fifth place (FIFTH PLACE?!), for both our weekly and yearly Positive SIMS. This really needs to improve if Year 11 want to dominate the school. However, there was some congratulations to extol! It’s fabulous to recognise seven students who achieved their Bronze awards this week: Brooke Tyrrell (141); Bruna Fialho (101); and, James Loudon (100). Our top five are really inching that much closer to their Silver Awards: Ronnie Malone (234), Harry Denton (230), Libby Pulham (211), Charly Holbutt (205), and Anastasija Ilgaca (203). Remember, it’s 300 for your Silvers!

Sadly, no one solved last week’s brainteaser:

I have a heart that never beats, I have a home but I never sleep. I can take a man’s house and build another's, And I love to play games with my many brothers. I am a king among fools. Who am I?

Answer: The King of Hearts (in a deck of cards)

Our teaser for this week:

You are in a cabin and it is pitch black. You have one match on you. Which do you light first, the newspaper, the lamp, the candle, or the fire?

First one to give me the correct answer will get those points! Good luck everyone!