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25/05/24

⚽ Well done to all who took part in the Year 11 v Staff football match. A well-played game which had to be decided on penalties. For the first time in 8 years, the staff team were victorious! 🏆Victory also came to the staff team in the netball match 👏 pic.twitter.com/5oX3jb56vg

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29/04/24

Year 10 BMA pupils received an exclusive tour of .In addition to the general tour of the Houses of Commons and Lords, pupils were given special access to 's private office, just down the corridor from . pic.twitter.com/vqb0acqUcJ

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24/04/24

🎞️ We're pleased to be able to share a time-lapse of the building of our temporary accommodation.👷‍♂️ The school rebuild project continues to move forward.📸 Photos of the demolition work, and visuals of the new school can be viewed on https://t.co/AniifAYI7B pic.twitter.com/rdxdt2Bpyf

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18/04/24

🎶 A huge congratulations to all involved in our annual Spring Music Recital.🫶 We would like to express our gratitude to parents and guardians, as your unwavering support and encouragement plays a significant role in nurturing your child’s passion for music. pic.twitter.com/DBcVwgoJRp

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25/03/24

We were privileged to welcome Susie Barnett BEM back to Burnt Mill Academy to speak to students about her remarkable life and her family’s escape from persecution.Students were asked to provide their thoughts on Susie's inspiring story pic.twitter.com/aECV7c60aC

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22/03/24

🏰 38 of our Year 7 students recently visited Castle⚔️ Students travelled back to 1066 Norman England. They explored the castle, roamed through the hidden village, wandered around the houses, and were fascinated by the animals that roam freely through the grounds. pic.twitter.com/pZyB3gi2OX

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21/03/24

🛥️ Isle of Wight, here we come! pic.twitter.com/6LeibdhAhh

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11/03/24

👏 Congratulations to Hannah Nunn who competed in the Schools Championships in Sheffield. 🥇 Winning all her fights and being awarded the gold medal, Hannah has been crowned Champion 2024 and we couldn't be prouder!🇧🇪 Next stop: Belgium to represent England! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 pic.twitter.com/LZ6Cac3TjW

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05/03/24

🥘 Students and staff experienced the Cajun flavours of New Orleans with our special Mardi Gras themed lunch 🥙🧂 pic.twitter.com/xYZcAhDDNo

05/03/24

🎉WELCOME Really pleased to have you on board to begin your journey

01/03/24

🎉WELCOME Really pleased to have you on board to begin your journey

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02/02/24

It was great to see so many families at our Year 9 options event. Over 90% of the cohort were in attendance!Parents will have received an email with an info booklet and link to the options selection form. A reminder that option choices must be submitted by Friday 23rd February. pic.twitter.com/bAubusAY1k

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31/01/24

Year 10 students were given a tour of Parliament by 's office.For many, this will support their study of 'Theme B: Democracy in the UK' as part of their Citizenship GCSE.A huge well done to the students who all behaved beautifully and asked insightful questions. pic.twitter.com/c2X5RdScFw

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28/01/24

🧱 It's !🦖 Our club takes place every day at lunch time.Builds this term include Jurassic Park and Sonic the Hedgehog 🦔#LEGODay pic.twitter.com/JSN6RR9SM2

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26/01/24

💻 Keen coders from Y9 and students studying Computer Science in Y10 attended the 2024 . Some have already secured work experience placements as a result of engaging with businesses at the event and we met author !#Bett2024 pic.twitter.com/tUmuoP6OKj

19/01/24

BMAT have partnered with to provide School Centred Initial Teacher Training in Essex and London.Our programme offers PGCE with QTS at Primary and Secondary schools in Epping, Harlow, Stansted Mountfitchet and Newham.https://t.co/Rllv13cdOS pic.twitter.com/HgAkrpNCGz

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19/01/24

BMAT have partnered with to provide School Centred Initial Teacher Training in Essex and London.Our programme offers PGCE with QTS at Primary and Secondary schools in Epping, Harlow, Stansted Mountfitchet and Newham.https://t.co/Rllv13cdOS pic.twitter.com/HgAkrpNCGz

12/01/24

📢 We're Hiring! (Harlow, Essex) have a vacancy for a School Staff Instructor (SSI).📄 For a job description and application details, please visit our websitehttps://t.co/npMHqTvFaU

12/01/24

📢 We're Hiring! (Harlow, Essex) have a vacancy for a School Staff Instructor (SSI).📄 For a job description and application details, please visit our websitehttps://t.co/npMHqTvFaU

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18/12/23

🎄🍽️ We ended the term with a special Christmas lunch and presented prizes to the winners of our Christmas Bake Off competition 🍰🎅 We wish all our students, families, staff and the wider Burnt Mill community a wonderful festive period ☃️ pic.twitter.com/Txu5mGCSVO

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Former teacher takes virtual trip to Harlow

Former teacher takes virtual trip to Harlow

Posted: 18th July 2019

A former Harlow teacher battling a rare disease in Canada is taking a virtual trip down memory lane.

Michael Koutis was a supply teacher in the town in 2005. He returned to his home in Canada with the dream of visiting Harlow again one day to see how things had changed.

Before he could take that trip, he was struck down with rare degenerative disease Neuroacanthocytosis (NA) – he and his brother are among just 150 cases in the world.

He now lives in a nursing home due to his vocal and facial tics, extreme fidgeting, biting down on his tongue, inability to walk or feed himself.

Mr Koutis said: “At age 36, I was a normal, healthy, happy guy. I had a rewarding career as a teacher, was happily married and looking forward to a bright future. Suddenly, out of nowhere, I began to make unfamiliar and strange sounds with my throat. This was the beginning of my journey.

“Five years on, I was finally diagnosed with the extremely rare degenerative disorder NA.

“Life expectancy is ten to 20 years from onset, which may sound generous, but I am eight years in and feeling very much aware of time. My goal is to bring awareness to a disease of which so little is known. It is isolating and lonely for me and my brother.”

In an effort to take Harlow back to Mr Koutis in Canada, students at Burnt Mill Academy have collected photos and written letters to give him a flavour of the town today.

Cristin Casey, BMAT director of performing arts who worked with Mr Koutis in Harlow, said: “Mike gets in touch with me occasionally to ask how things are in Harlow. He misses Harlow and teaching here. His goal was always to come back.

“When I heard he was getting more poorly, I decided to take Harlow to him.

“Students are learning empathy and the importance of community by getting involved. It is also giving them some pride in their town. They have put their heart and soul into it and responded maturely to a difficult story.”

Year 7 Rebecca Fumera said: “I wanted to make him feel nice; I felt sad for him. I think he will be very happy to receive our work. I feel happy to have been able to help.”

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