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Columbus News

Below you will find a series of articles on recent Columbus events, publications and achievements written by ourselves as well as local community partners.

Principals Blog...

  • COLUMBUS CONTINUES TO BE ‘OUTSTANDING’
    Following a visit from Her Majesty’s Inspectors on 19th September, 2017 I am very proud to share the Ofsted Report confirming that Columbus continues to be Outstanding. I hope you enjoy reading it.

    This result is down to the hard work, commitment, dedication, perseverance, enthusiasm and love for the children shown by all staff at Columbus.

    I have shared with them my deepest and heartfelt thanks and total respect for the work they do and for ensuring that this wonderful school continues to be Outstanding.

    I would also like to acknowledge the enormous and significant contribution made by Ginny Bellard, our former Principal, to ensure that we remain Outstanding.

    Warmest regards,

    Mr. T. Jackson-Owens

    Acting Principal
    Posted 13 Nov 2017, 02:14 by Web Admin
  • ACTING PRINCIPAL’S BLOG – October and November 2017
    Welcome to my blog for October and November.

    You will by now have received my letter with the Ofsted Report. Thank you to parents and carers who have sent us congratulations. We are delighted with this Report and will continue to do our best to give your children the best education we possibly can.

    An Outstanding Ofsted should be celebrated but we also need to keep moving forward and improving. On Monday 13th November our new Principal, Karen Clark, will be visiting and Gary Corbett and I will be working with her in preparation for January 2018.

    Parents have now been notified of their child’s EHCP meeting date for this academic. As you will appreciate, these meetings are very difficult to rearrange and so we share the dates with parents well in advance in order that you can make appropriate arrangements to attend.

    Once again Louise Doe, Head of Learning for Key Stage 3, is working very hard to pull together the performers from both campuses who will be taking part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival next Tuesday, the 14th November, at the Civic Theatre in Chelmsford. This year we will be performing ‘Romeo and Juliet’. We are hoping that you will be able to join us at this exciting event which will see our young people performing in and supporting an authentic dramatic event involving a number of local mainstream schools. For us this is true inclusion and equality of opportunity and I am very proud that Columbus students have a chance to be involved once again and share with our local community what we are all truly capable of! Our allocation of tickets has been sold but tickets are still available from the Civic Theatre Box Office. Tickets cost £9.50 per adult and £7 per concession.

    Friends of Columbus are still very active and more details about all Friends events will be sent out nearer the time of each event. In the meantime, here are the next key dates for your diaries:

    · Fire Walk on 11th November

    · Christmas Fair on 1st December

    Friends are always looking for new members or offers of help so, if you feel you can help them in any way, please let us know.

    Our families and friends will be aware that the Mayor of Chelmsford, Mayor Duncan Lumley, has nominated the Friends of Columbus as one of his three Charities. I attended an evening presentation following the Mayor's Golf Day on 15th September and gave a short talk about Columbus and the Friends fundraising work. The Friends will receive money from the Mayor's charity fund later in the year. 



    It was a beautiful sunny day for our group of Ford volunteers who came for the fourth year running recently to work on School Campus and College Campus. They made a new fire pit complete with a cover for safety, fitted new guttering and a water butt, had a good tidy up and pruned shrubs and painted fences in the Early Years playground. Our very grateful thanks once again for the continued support they give to Columbus.

    You can see in the picture below the tremendous work carried out by members of the Chelmsford Round Table in the school sensory garden. Over the past few months they have worked very hard to clear overgrown shrubs, tidy borders, make new planting beds, supply pots and plant new shrubs and flowers.



    We were delighted to be informed that we are a winner in the Start Well category of the NHS Mid Essex CCG 'Marvels Of Mid' Awards awards held recently. Nominees said:

    'This school is a great example of how you can meet the very diverse needs of young people in a way that gives them the best possible start, even when they are facing additional challenges.

    Each pupil is given tailored support so that they can participate in lessons to their full potential and enjoy time with friends. Staff are truly dedicated and the range of extracurricular activities and support for parents is excellent. This school is first-class.'

    Finally, the parent of one of our pupils in KS3, has asked that her praise and thanks for the Columbus Discovery Club and its staff be shared in my blog. Her son had an amazing time and she, as a parent, found it very well organised. She, along with many other parents, would like to thank Sarah Lambert and her team. We are very pleased that Sarah and her team can continue to offer the fantastic opportunities Discovery Club gives to our children during the Summer and Easter holidays. Well done everyone!

    Mr. Tom Jackson-Owens

    Acting Principal
    Posted 13 Nov 2017, 02:08 by Web Admin
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A Day in the Life of... 
  • CLASS FE5

    Wednesday

    08:50 – 09:30: Morning Tutor Time

    The students of FE5 begin to arrive off of their taxis with many now walking independently to class. Once all present in class, there are a number of important jobs that the students take responsibility for across the week. Money is checked for their daily activities, key equipment is organised and most importantly the lunch orders are taken. Once tutor jobs are done, our students often choose a morning activity to complete. Some of our tutor time highlights are Austin independently constructing and remote controlling a Hornsby train set, Billy and Gabriel driving a World War 1 model tank replica around the outside area and witnessing the daily outfit from Freddie’s fancy dress collection…policeman, cowboy, prisoner, Mrs Brown and Gaston from Beauty and the Beast to name but a few!

     

    09:30-2:30: Outdoor Pursuits

    Wednesday is one of FE5’s days out in the community. The students read through a PowerPoint of their session routine in class and then begin to collect their money and equipment. Today is Archery at Skreens Park. The group gets a mini-bus and arrives promptly, ready to start their session. This is led by the excellent instructors who engage really well with the group. The FE5 students love a competition and quickly want to hit the bullseye with their arrows to score 10 points! Rees was the star archer today, firing his arrows accurately including popping balloons attached around the targets. Everyone in the class made great progress throughout the activity improving with every arrow fired.

    After the activity, the class enjoys their packed lunches outside in the sunshine amongst the peaceful surroundings of the countryside. With lunches finished, the group plays some sports in the afternoon. It is great to see Rees and Freddie playing football, Oliver and Joseph practising tennis and cricket and the class in general interacting and socialising together.

     

    3:00-3:15: Afternoon Tutor Time

    The class gets ready for taxi time with Oliver collecting the taxi list and Jade collecting the letters ready to be handed out. Students help tidy up, put away any activity money and then head off independently to taxis.

     

    FE5 are a great class and enjoy anything active. All of the class staff enjoy working with the students and are particularly forward to helping them get Hallam’s Café up and running as well as supporting them in the Post 16 Panathalon in the next few weeks.   

     

    Amy Hayes & James Blake

    FE5 Tutors


    Posted 11 Jul 2017, 07:35 by Web Admin
  • Bradley Smith, FE2

    Hello,

    My name is Bradley Smith, I am 17 years old and in FE2 at the College Campus. My friends are James, Lauren, Ethan and Ewan.

    I work hard and like to do well in class. I like going to the gym, my favourite things are the bikes. My favourite lesson is Enterprise and Art where I really enjoy designing and painting a bowl. I like doing jobs around college and enjoy helping my tutors by changing the screens on PowerPoint slides.

    At the weekends I like going to McDonalds. My favourite meal is a cheese burger, chips, coke and for desert a Mc Flurry. However, my all-time favourite meal is roast pork and Yorkshire pudding.

    I also like feeding the ducks in my walks around Danbury Park and enjoy bowling with my mum (and I always win!). I enjoy watching films and my favourite film is Toy Story. At home I also like sleeping, and using the foot spa in college!


    Sharon Wright and Leon Samuel helped me put this together

    Name - Bradley Smith

    Job Title - Member of the Student Council for FE2
    Posted 29 Jun 2017, 01:18 by Web Admin
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Latest News

  • KS3 DUCKLINGS!   Many of the School Campus pupils had the opportunity to meet the ducklings last week and even watched them swim! The pupils worked on developing their personal and communication skills ...
    Posted 22 Jun 2017, 04:24 by James Dorey
  • News from Class 2    Class 2 have had great fun exploring this Term's Topic, 'Out and About', and enjoyed creating beautiful nature collages. The children collected some natural materials, like grass, leaves and ...
    Posted 20 Jun 2017, 00:34 by James Dorey
  • News from Reception   The topic this term is 'Out and About' and the Reception class went on the local bus. On the way they saw shops and a hospital. They enjoyed ringing the ...
    Posted 16 Jun 2017, 06:03 by James Dorey
  • News from Class 3   Class 3 have been enjoying and working very hard in their Music Therapy sessions this term; enhancing their listening, communication and fine motor skills!
    Posted 16 Jun 2017, 05:58 by James Dorey
  • News from Nursery …….  The Nursery children have been continuing to develop their matching and sorting skills during their Maths sessions. 
    Posted 12 Jun 2017, 03:31 by James Dorey
  • COLLEGE STUDENT COUNCIL COMPETITION   The College Student Council recently ran a poster competition. The purpose was to create a 'Keeping Safe and Keeping Healthy' poster. Each class had a different focus: • Healthy Eating – Bad ...
    Posted 12 Jun 2017, 00:30 by James Dorey
  • 1st Broomfield Columbus Scouts   The '1st Broomfield Columbus Scouts' is now open and we held our first meeting on 12th May. Eight Columbus pupils have joined us as Scouts and are learning to follow ...
    Posted 21 May 2017, 23:55 by James Dorey
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Pupil Quotes

  • I like number work in Numeracy, playing football and playing on the field with my friends.
    Daniel Year 8
    Posted 9 Feb 2016, 00:28 by James Dorey
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LONDON MARATHON 2017!

We are delighted to announce that John Mean, from Sainsbury's in Springfield, will be running the 2017 London Marathon for Friends of Columbus School and College.

Please find the below link for Johns's fundraising page;

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/John-mean-Friend_of_Columbus_School_and_College

Parent Questionnaire

Dear Website Visitor,

Thank you for showing an interest in the Parent Questionnaire I send out to all our families on a bi-annual basis.  I am always interested to hear the views of our parents/carers in order that we can maintain the very highest of standards for our children and young people.  Please follow the links below to see the latest results from the Parent Questionnaire.  You will see that these are true representations of our parents’ views – some positive and some with some points for improvement.  I strongly believe in taking the recommendations for improvements from families and building these into our Academy Improvement Plan or adapting our day-to-day working procedures to improve our services and approaches.  Any concerns raised are considered fully and will form key improvement projects for the months ahead. 

Anonymous Qualitative Comments – June 2016

Quantitative Feedback - Parent Carer Questionnaire June 2016

Final Quantitative Results - Parent Questionnaire - June 2015

Final Anonymous Qualitative Feedback from June 2015 Questionnaire to Parent Carers

Quantitative Results - Pupil and Student Questionnaire - January 2015

Quantitative Results - Parent Questionnaire - January 2015

Quantitative Feedback - Pupil Questionnaire without symbols - January 2015

Anonymous Qualitative findings from January 2015 questionnaire to Pupils and Students

Anonymous Qualitative Feedback from January 2015 Questionnaire to Parent Carers

Parent Questionnaire (Quantitative) - June 2014

Parent Questionnaire - June 2014

Parent Questionnaire - January 2014

Parent Questionnaire - June 2013

Parent Questionnaire - Janunary 2013

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Diary Dates

Parents' Evenings:

(3.30 - 5.00 & 6.00 - 7.30)  
School Campus 23rd November
College Campus 30th November, 2017

(3.30 - 5.00 & 6.00 - 7.30)  
School Campus 8th March
College Campus 15th March, 2018

(3.30 - 5.00 & 6.00 - 7.30)  
School Campus 14th June
College Campus 28th June, 2018

Dates of all other events during this academic year can be found in our Columbus Year Planner 2017/2018 in the Parents section of the website.

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