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16/10/18

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Our director of Performing Arts spoke to BBC Essex's Dave Monk about the introduction of DJing lessons at . https://t.co/DMl97XFMsb

15/10/18

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Massive well done to all the X-country runners who ran at the West Essex X-country championships at yesterday. Superb effort from everyone that ran. 🎽🏅 https://t.co/8Txqo49YQW

15/10/18

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Please share! ❤️🙌🏼 https://t.co/JUfK3rhNT4

15/10/18

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. introduces Future DJs to their curriculum - https://t.co/5geEFixwPD https://t.co/TPDNfrt1xr

15/10/18

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Teenagers took a step into the world of work with a day devoted to careers. Year 11 students at , in Harlow, spent a day dressed in business dress and focused on the next steps in their lives. https://t.co/DpIsEalDYG https://t.co/ZAT75UohCs

06/09/18

Looking forward to welcoming everyone to our 2018 open evening. Head of School speeches at 6:30pm and 7:30pm https://t.co/peNzPFW9hB

09/07/18

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Making our banners for the . We are very excited to take part! https://t.co/mEUDRev7Gl

09/07/18

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Anne Frank Trust

Our East Team are busy today! Our one day pop up 'Take A Stand' exhibition opens at the Hate Crime conference in & our Ambasadors in will also be welcoming visitors to 'Anne Frank: A History for Today'.

09/07/18

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jacqui aslandogdu

What a fantastic show tonight....You really have the best students and teachers..We absolutely loved School of Rock!!...thank you all.

09/07/18

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Claire Bishop

So proud to have seen them all receive their awards last night. Amazing recognition. Thank you for making them all believe they can! https://t.co/3O6zQABSCE

09/07/18

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Just read this great article about the fabulous work taking place to develop pupils passion for music. I can’t emphasise enough how important an excellent music department is in a school. HM https://t.co/f8L7941WLo

09/07/18

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BMAT MFLanguages

What an amazing group of MFL teachers we have A great afternoon sharing ideas and good practise. How lucky our students are to have such incredible teachers! Thankyou to MFL BMAT team🇫🇷🇪🇸

09/07/18

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Ms Horner

Invaluable sharing of practice across the Trust today. How lucky are we to have such a wealth of experienced and innovative teachers serving our local communities!?

09/07/18

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St Clare Hospice

Our shop staff getting into the festival spirit in celebration of ClareFest, which is happening this Saturday at our shop at the St James Centre! We'll be selling loads of lovely festival gear, with music from 's Monochroma and ! ✌ https://t.co/78qy9TnzYi

09/07/18

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Jade Nunn

Very Proud of my 2 girls both fought so well 2day at Kent International Judo Comp. Emma just missing out on a Gold but a very well deserved Silver & Jess a Gold & Kent International Champion 2018. https://t.co/YlkeLZ7LVJ

09/07/18

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Another student who has gone on to great things. Superb photos. Creativity is so important and starts in school. HM https://t.co/iyVY5gErpA

09/07/18

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So very pleased to see awarded a first class degree today. Never doubted that such a brilliant student from would go on to be such a successful adult. Delighted he will use his talents to help others next year. Well done 👏👏👏👏 https://t.co/xcEDtdtwTq

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Mr Bakkar is running the London Marathon

Mr Bakkar is running the London Marathon

Posted: 23rd January 2018

A teacher who weighed 24 stone and could not run for 30 seconds is training for the London Marathon.

Shawki Bakkar, assistant headteacher at Burnt Mill Academy in Harlow, was inspired to lose weight, get fit and take on the mammoth physical challenge after watching last year’s sporting event.

At the time, he hadn’t considered his weight as an issue, regularly eating takeaways and sugar late at night.

He said: “What I realise now is that I was sleeping badly, having terrible nightmares and wasn’t very confident or sociable. I had never run a metre in my life; I’d never exercised, if I’m honest. But, watching the London Marathon and seeing how everyone was supporting each other really inspired me to do something about my weight. It made me think taking part was the perfect opportunity and a great excuse to lose weight and get fit.”

Mr Bakkar, who is raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, now weighs 18 stone and runs four times a week, for up to 70 minutes at a time. He is hoping to get down to 15 stone before the marathon in April and has already dropped four clothes sizes.

He will take part in a half marathon in Milton Keynes in March as part of his training.

He said: “When I started my marathon training, my plan was to run for 30 seconds and walk for 30 seconds, ten times. I was shocked to find I couldn’t even run for 30 seconds; my heart was racing. It was a massive struggle; my body simply couldn’t do it.

“It has been really tough; it still is tough. I have also massively changed my diet. I used to raid the biscuit tin and would have croissants or whatever was available for breakfast. Now, I have porridge for breakfast and a healthy salad for lunch and only have takeaways as an occasional weekend treat.

“I have got lots more energy now, I sleep better and am more comfortable and happy. I was wearing size XXXL in tshirts; that has all changed now.

“I never in a billion years would ever have seen me running a marathon. I have been taken aback by the support I am getting from the Burnt Mill community.

“I was invited to visit Great Ormond Street and what I saw was heartbreaking and life-changing. I would never give up now because of what I saw and how amazing the hospital is.”

Support Mr Bakkar’s fundraising mission –

· Follow @runbakkarrun on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for training updates and videos · Sponsor at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/runbakkarrun

· Friday February 9, 1pm - Mr Bakkar's School Run – Running between BMAT primary schools in Harlow, finishing at Burnt Mill, with staff and students joining him along the way with collection buckets

· Thursday March 8, 6pm to 8:30pm - Bakkaroke - Staff and student karaoke night at Burnt Mill

· Friday March 23, 7:30pm - Bakkar2The90s - Public event with live band and all 90s music.

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