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Festival of Inclusion

On Monday 14th November 2022, some of our student had the opportunity to take part in the ‘Festival of Inclusion’ at the university of East London. During the day our students were able to go on a tour of the universities Stratford campus. The Stratford Campus is home to the School of Education and Communities and the Centre for Clinical Education in Podiatry, Physiotherapy and Sports Science. The students enjoyed experiencing the atmosphere of a typical day at university. In the afternoon, our students presented their feelings on special needs inclusion to a cohort of 200 trainee teachers. Our students were joined by students from two other schools. One who spoke about ethnicity and religion being represented correctly in the curriculum and the other discussing how to stretch more able students. All the presentations were well received by the trainee teachers and provided vital feedback from the students about how to best teach them. After the presentations the trainee teachers were able to meet with the students in the gallery for informal conversations, during this time students were able to confidently discuss their school experiences. In a response to the student presentations the trainee teachers were each ask to make a small visual tile which represented what they had learnt from the visiting children. The tiles will be combined into a piece of commissioned 3D art, which will be displayed in the campus grounds as a permanent reminder of the ‘festival of Inclusion’. We can’t wait to go back to see the piece of art, which we inspired!

Remembering Jason Matthews

Today, 10th November 2022, staff and pupils who were close friends of Jason attended the celebration of life service and burial of Jason at Bowers Gifford. At school, pupils and staff also remembered Jason Matthews with a 2 minutes silence and the service for Jason was also attended on-line by pupils and staff who wished to pay their respects. Jason was a remarkable young man. He was a dedicated and committed pupil who had a vision of joining the medical profession as a doctor. We have no doubt that he would have achieved that ambition and was already making his mark in the school as a role model, School Council Representative and all round excellent pupil. He was an aspirational and motivated young man who was always going to be a top contender for head prefect and further success. As well as his amazingly high achievement scores, Jason was a unique person who was well-liked and respected by both staff and pupils. The book of condolences, written in by so many staff and pupils, continuously mentioned his bright smile and friendliness. His positivity rubbed off on others; he had a character which was caring and kind; his sense of humour made him fun to be with. Jason was described as a confident, caring and kind friend who will be very much missed by his form group, 10W1, as well as his classmates, staff and the wider community of St Clere’s. We were fortunate to have him as our pupil in our school. Our thoughts are with Jason’s family and friends as we all remember this bright, shining, clever young gentleman who will always have a place in our hearts.