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Welcome back to 2C4S news. We are into our final half term of 2017/2018, it won't be long until the summer holidays are here. We have a very busy few weeks with school trips, sports day, productions and saying goodbye to our present teachers and meeting our new ones. A very exciting term!   We also have a new competition, please see below.

The Summer Reading Challenge

Mischief Makers


Summer is upon us with the summer holidays approaching very quickly. Every year the library offers a reading challenge. Some of our Year 5 pupils visited the library last week to find out about this year's challenge. We met with them to find out more...

What is the theme of the summer reading challenge? This year it is called Mischief Makers and it's about Beano and comics. You may have heard of Dennis the Menace and he is one of the characters from the Beano comics.

How do you take part? You go down to one of your local libraries and they will give you a card. You borrow some books and then when you return to the library, you tell them about your book or draw a picture and you get a sticker. You can talk about  more than one book at a time.

How many books do you have to read? Six books and every time you read one you get a smelly sticker.

Which libraries can you go to? You can go to any Essex library. Our local ones are Shenfield, Ingatestone and Brentwood.

What is the reward for completing the challenge? You get a medal and a certificate and if you are over 10 there is an extra challenge where you can read two extra books and get a gadget like a torch.


It sounds great doesn't it? There are lots of choices of books, so go along and take a look. Even if you are not a member of the library, you can join when you go in, it is really easy.


Where in the world?


Where in the world have you traveled to? Well, fifty years ago it was an absolute luxury to go on holiday abroad. To start with there were no suitcases on wheels, travel was expensive and there was no internet and mobile phones! In our school, Shenfield St Mary’s, we completed a survey to see how many countries the school community have visited. We were amazed at the results and are certain that if we compared them with a similar project from decades ago the result would be very different!

Combined, our children have visited sixty six different countries and if we include the parents and staff in the survey then that number rises to an incredible 173 out of 195! So why the change?

People do travel for work and they have families in other countries but holidays for Britons have definitely changed. By 1939, workers had a legal right to a holiday and by 1975 most workers had two weeks or more paid holidays. At this time the holiday of choice was still the popular seaside British holiday. However for the first time in 1979, Briton’s spent more on international travel than on holidays at home, with a week’s holiday to Majorca costing approximately £50.

Nowadays, people are becoming more adventurous, with the use of computers and the internet; holidays can be researched and booked with the click of a button. In our school, one in every eight children has visited America or the Caribbean islands!

But does it matter where we go on holiday? Yes, it’s lovely to go abroad, but it is also nice to have holidays in the UK. What’s important is spending time with loved ones; having fun and making lasting memories. When you go on holiday, you can get rid of your worries and have some good old fashioned fun, be it in the UK, Spain or an exotic island on the other side of the world.

This project has been very interesting. We have had so many lovely experiences on holidays, learning about new cultures and enjoying ourselves. We are sure there will be many more to come. Maybe one of us will fill that map and visit every country in the world!






Congratulations to all who took part in the mathemagician competition. This year the results were very close but the winners are listed below:

Shenfield St Mary’s Mathemagicians


                                  Zara Shepherd, Sophie Lee

Joshua Judd, Olivia Barker

Aiden Shepherd, Charlie Gould

Darshan Ghandi, Daisy Willingale

Sophie Penn, Lucy Lorenc

Luoke Wang, Henry Willingale

January 2018



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Building Works

Do builders interest you? Wait ‘til you hear that we have interviewed the SURVEYER who designed and checked our new school hall!!!!!!!!!!!
What is your name? Thomas Lynch
How old are you? I’m 44 years old
Have you extended any other schools? I have worked on loads of extensions.
What is your job? I am a building surveyer.

How did you become a surveyor? I loved to draw and learnt how to become one by going to college and university.

Have you always been a surveyer? Yes

Would you recommend this job to us? Yes it is not the best paid but it is very interesting and you go to different sites and are not office based.

What is the most exciting building you have designed and built? A music studio in Chelmsford County High School.

Have you enjoyed working at our school? Yes, I have loved it! The project has run very smoothly and I’ve really enjoyed being here.

We then asked Thomas some questions about himself.

Favourite book? Fantastic Mr Fox

Favourite song: Wish you were here by Pink Floyd

Number of languages spoken? One, English!

What was your first word? Mummy, I think.

Can you share a joke with us? What’s brown a sticky? A stick!

Thank you to Thomas for taking time to talk to us and for our wonderful new school hall which will be open soon!

Puzzle and competition corner:


 Mrs Jessop has been busy creating a wonderful new school library and you have all been busy reading which has raised us money for the library. Keeping book themed, this month's competition is to design a poster about this summer's reading challenge 'Mischief Makers'. The poster should be A4 size, bright and colourful and should make people want to take part in the Summer read. All of the information about the challenge is above in the interview and in the links below. Good luck. Please put entries in the 2C4S box by Monday 25th June.


The link for the website about the summer reading challenge is here:



 is here!



Poem Mayhem Winner


                                           My Lunch

Here I am in the dinner hall,

Sitting with my packed lunch,

I hope it's good all in all,

I want something good to munch!


A black banana,

Half a cracker.

So far its not much of a snacker!

A leftover salad,

A few grains of rice,

Oh no, I wanted something nice!


When I see my mum after school,

I shriek at her:



By Artemis K from Red Deer

We are sure you will all agree, it was a marvelous poem

and deserved to win. Artemis will receive her prize next

week and most importantly her work has now been

published on 2C4S for all to see.

Well done



When you enter our 2C4S news competitions, we will record it and at the end of the year we will give out a prize to the person who has the most entries.


Cooking Corner


Hello, this is the cooking corner where you can find tasty recipes; not only for cakes but brownies and other sorts of delicious goodies.

The bakes have been made before and have gone down as a treat. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did! Good luck baking!

In this edition of 2C4S News, we present the cherry chocolate brownies!


                             CHERRY CHOCOLATE BROWNIES      


150g ground almonds

100g glace cherries

200g caster sugar 

225g butter at room temperature 

2 teaspoons vanilla extract 

3 eggs beaten

225g dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids

icing sugar dusting for the top


1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees celcius/ gas mark 3. 

2. Ask an adult to melt the chocolate and butter over a low heat in a heavy based saucepan.

3. Take the pan off the heat, mix in the vanilla extract and sugar and cool it for about 5 minutes.

4. Beat the eggs into the pan along with the ground almonds and quartered glace cherries.

5. Mix the mixture altogether then pour into a 24cm square baking tin which has been lined by an adult.

6. Bake it in the oven for 25-30 minutes, by which time the top will have set but the mixture will still be gooey.

7. Once it has cooled, ask an adult to cut it carefully, four down, four across, into sixteen, squidgy bellied squares!

8. Serve with a scoop of ice cream and the following chocolate sauce...

Chocolate sauce:

 75g dark chocolate

125ml double cream

6 marshmallows (optional)

1. Ask an adult to break the chocolate up and put it into a heavy based saucepan.

2. Add the double cream and marshmallows(optional), then put it on a low heat and melt the ingredients together.

3. Stir it well, then put it into a jug ready to serve with the brownies (above).

4. Make the sauce a minute before you serve so it is still warm.


Finally you are ready to eat this delicious recipe. If you enjoyed it, let us know in our special 2C4S box by the trophy cabinet.


Thank you for reading 2C4S News, we hope you have enjoyed it. Remember to enter our competitions to see your work published on our website. The box for entries will be by the trophy cabinet, near the office. Keep looking at our site as there will be new articles weekly. If you have any ideas or comments about the newspaper, please feel free to add them to our box.