Whole School News & Gallery

I See You

Cedar Hall is supporting a campaign to raise awareness of children and families of Christians in Northern Nigeria who are suffering persecution by kidnapping.  Pupils have been making a textile based banner that will be presented to MPs at Parliament in October.  The “I see you” statement emphasises that they are not forgotten.

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Yew Trip 2019

Some Year 8 to 10 pupils were lucky enough to go on the YEW Trip 2019.  This is a youth hostelling trip in Kent and Sussex.  They visited Chatham Docks, Fort Amhurst, went swimming and cycling and as shown in the photo walked some of the great ‘Seven Sisters’ Walk.  Great fun was had by all.

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Swimming Gala

On Wednesday 12th June Cedar Hall took part in the SESSSA Swimming Gala at Runneymede Swimming Pool.  Cedar Hall did really well coming third overall.  The KS3 Girls excelled themselves and won first place!  Well done Cedar Hall.

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Football at Southend United

On Friday 10th May, as part of the Southend Community Sports project, class GB and two year 11 students got the chance to play a football match at Roots Hall Football Ground. They played against Lancaster School on the actual pitch that Southend United play on!  All the students had a fabulous time and played really well.

Jack Petchey Award Winners - Spring 2019

The two winners for our Spring Term were announced in our end of term Easter assembly.

The first winner was Harry who has matured enormously this academic year and his approach to all of his lessons has improved immensely. He is positive and enthusiastic and is now willing to give most things a go. He regularly volunteers to do jobs for staff around school and also willingly helps out his classmates.

The second winner was Lucy who also has a great attitude to her school work. She has particularly shown great determination and focus in her PE lessons and has successfully represented the school at many sporting events. She is a caring friend to others around the school and a great role model for her peers

Salvo The Clown

During a recent assembly we were pleased to welcome a special visitor to the school…….Salvo the clown. Salvo came to share his story with us and to demonstrate his amazing balloon modelling skills. Salvo has supported Cedar Hall school for many years now and we would like to take this opportunity to thank him for all he has done for us.

Christmas Bazaar and Shop

On Saturday 1st December we held our Christmas Bazaar at the school. There were over 20 stalls, face painting, Santa’s Grotto, a grand prize draw and even real life Donkeys to pet! We also held our Christmas shop on Wednesday 5th December for pupils and their families to visit. A selection of great gifts were on sale along with some delicious cakes. We are extremely grateful to everyone who came to support us at both of these events and we will be announcing the fantastic amount we raised very soon! A huge thank you too goes out to  the PSFA for organising both of these.

Grassroots Soccer Academy

Craig Durussel who is the head coach from Grassroots Soccer Academy attended an assembly recently to present the school with a fundraising cheque. He informed us that this year the Community Shield Tournament had raised an outstanding £1,340.07. The shield winners were; U11 Bowers & Pitsea, U10 Hawkwell Athletic, U9 Hullbridge Sports and U8 South Woodham Ferrers. Cedar Hall would like to say a huge thank you to Craig and everyone else who made this possible. The donation will go towards enhancing the pupils’ lives and will go towards covering the costs of horse riding for Middle school children.

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Jack Petchey Award Winners - Autumn 2018

The two winners for the Autumn Term were announced at our end of term Christmas assembly.

The first winner was Kurtley who is now in his final year and will be sorely missed. Staff and pupils voted for Kurtley as goes out of his way to regularly be helpful around the school. He often collects the trophies for our Wednesday assembly and also puts out the chairs before school ready for another assembly on Tuesday’s. Kurtley has also worked extremely hard in his GCSE lessons this term.

The second winner was Sarah who has been extremely supportive to another classmate this term. She always has a very positive attitude and is a fantastic role model to her peers. She also has a consistent excellent approach to her school work. A huge well done to both of these pupils who will now be deciding how to spend their £250 winnings around the school.

Fellowship Afloat 8th July- 12th July

Twenty six pupils and eight staff had another lovely sunny week on the Blackwater Estuary .  Amongst the activities we enjoyed were powerboating, sailing, dredging, archery, kayaking and the challenge of overcoming our fear of heights on the ‘high ropes’.  It was our 27th consecutive year at Fellowship Afloat and it is still as popular as ever.  I’m grateful to our wonderful staff team who gave 100% to make it such a memorable week!

Inflatable Fun

On Tuesday 9th July, as a special treat, the students were treated to sessions on three inflatables on the school field. The year groups took turns and all really enjoyed the experience. Thank you to the PSFA who covered the hire charges.

The SESSSA 2019 Athletics Meeting

The SESSSA 2019 athletics meeting was a very special event.  With so many of the regular team away on a residential trip Mr Martin had to turn to students that have not represented the athletics team before.  Half the team had never represented the school in any event.

Also many students had to compete against students that were older.  Performances of the day were undoubtedly Jasmine and Paris, both in Year 8, running in the 800m and 400m (far from easy events), who won their events by long distances competing against pupils in Years 10 and 11. Edward and Bradley also both competed in higher aged categories. A big thank you goes to Robert, Matthew and Jordan for returning to Cedar Hall just to run in the athletics team.  The champion of the day was Caitlin who competed in four events and won four gold medals!


16 1st Places

13 2nd Places

6 3rd Places

Key stage 3 girls’ winners.Overall Champions!!!!!

Reece Johnson attends Assembly

This week we were very pleased to welcome back one of our past students, Reece Johnson.  Reece, who left the school in 2015, spoke to our students in assembly about his experience of taking part in this year’s football tournament at the Special Olympics World Games, held in March in Abu Dhabi.  After months of training, which included access to the England senior squad training facilities, Reece was selected to play for the Great Britain football team.  Reece told us that after winning all their qualifying matches, Great Britain went on to win the final and the gold medal!  Proudly wearing his GB track suit, Reece showed the students his gold medal.

Many congratulation Reece on this amazing achievement and thank you for coming to speak to us about it.

The New Life Wood Charity Update

On Tuesday 30th April, Peter Hall from  the New Life Wood Charity in Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea joined us for our assembly where we presented him with a cheque for £1737.64.  Prizes for the quiz and various sideshows were also handed out.  Many thanks to everyone for all your generosity in supporting our fundraising.

Prom Praise at the Royal Albert Hall

On Tuesday March 19th students from the Middle and Secondary departments travelled up to the Royal Albert Hall to sing for the Prom Praise for Schools event based on the theme of Exodus. The students sang the songs they had rehearsed at school accompanied by a live orchestra and they were treated to hearing the orchestra perform well known classical pieces, as well as seeing performances from dancers, actors, dinghies, crocodiles and confetti canons!  The students sang their hearts out and despite a late finish they all managed to stay awake for the journey home. I would like to thank both the students and the staff who made this an enjoyable and successful trip.

Author Visit for Book Week- JD Irwin

JD Irwin author of The Edwin Spencer Series came in to take workshops for groups across the school.  She read the pupils an excerpt from one of her books and then got the pupils to invent their own parallel worlds - a great school and a terrible school.  The children came up with some brilliant ideas - Ethan suggested a school should be in Space and the author said that she might use his idea as it was such an interesting suggestion.

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Christmas End of Term Assembly

On Wednesday 19th December we held our end of term Christmas assembly. Parents and carers were invited to help the pupils celebrate lots of achievements over the last term. A selection of pupils also did some readings based on the Christmas festival and the school choir sang various songs. We awarded the new winners of the Jack Petchey award (see below) and also the past years winners of the award were invited back to receive their medallions.

Operation Christmas Child

Every year  Cedar Hall supports the wonderful organisation, Samaritan’s Purse. This is an international relief and development organisation that works through local churches to proclaim and demonstrate the love of God amongst communities in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Operation Christmas Child is one of their initiatives, that thousands of churches, schools and businesses across the UK and Ireland become part of. The idea is to collect together various items to pack into a shoebox (this can be anything that a child may like to receive such as a small toy, pencils and even basic things such as a toothbrush or comb). Once packed the shoebox is delivered to a local drop off point ready to be shipped abroad. We were very proud of our collection of shoeboxes for this very worthy cause.

Jack Petchey Leader Award

Every year we present the Jack Petchey Leader Award to a member of staff or volunteer at the school who has 'gone that extra mile' to support the pupils at our school. This year we were pleased to announce the winner..........Margaret Bowden. Mr Maxwell presented Margaret  with the award to recognise the many years of voluntary work she has done at Cedar Hall. Margaret joined GB for a class celebration in which she was given a framed certificate and a medallion. A huge thank you goes out to her for all of the support she has provided to pupils and staff at the school.

Fellowship Afloat 2018

The annual residential trip to Fellowship Afloat took place again this year. Lots of pupils who had never been before attended and had lots of fun. There were some great activities on offer such as, the high ropes, sailing, canoeing, crabbing, archery and even a visit to the zoo!