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Posted on: January 20th 2017

Head's Blog

Dear Parent,

It was good to meet those of you with a child in Year 9 at our Parents' Evening last night.  I know from conversations with many of you that you really valued the opportunity to discuss your child's progress and I was delighted that many of you commented on the passion and obvious dedication of the teachers and on the fact that they clearly know your children very well.  Later this term, Year 9 students will be choosing their GCSE options and I know as a Year 9 parent myself that it was very useful to discuss these with subject staff in advance of the options process.

As I write this, Year 13 students are listening to a talk by our local MP, Cheryl Gillan as part of our Sixth Form enrichment programme.  Cheryl is a great supporter of CGS and, as the longest serving current Conservative female MP, has a great deal of experience which she is always willing to share with our students.  She is always very impressed by their insightful questions and I would imagine that some of these today will concern another event which is happening as I write, namely the inauguration of President Trump. 

On Wednesday, students in Years 7 and 10 took part in the National Enterprise Challenge which was superb. I know that the students really enjoyed the experience and gained a great deal from it and the NEC staff who were working with them were delighted with the way in which they approached the tasks.  My thanks to Miss Grice, Mrs Harris and Miss Thoday who organised the day; it was a huge success.

This week, the Year 7s with whom I met for birthday tea are: Darcy Clayton, Holly Runeckles, Charlie Waugh, Roy Pravin Ganeshanraj, Cameron Rushworth and Jacob Gardner.  Those in Year 13 celebrating an 18th birthday recently are: Georgina Evans, Lucy Tobutt, Aisling Ward and Gabrielle Meek.  Happy birthday to them all.  I have also met with the Year 8 girls' football team who competed in the EFL Girls Cup before Christmas.  They got through to the regional finals at the Madejski Stadium last week, narrowly missing out on the opportunity to play in the semi-finals at Wembley.  They are: Catherine Reeves, Hannah Perkins, Megan Maddison, Emma Buse, Tilly Creed and Izzy Bricheno.  They were disappointed - especially as they had beaten the team which went on to win in the group stages - but thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  Very well done, girls. 

Those of you who follow the main school Twitter account, @cgsbucks will know that we have started to Tweet our 'History of CGS in 70 objects' as part of our celebrations for the school's 70th anniversary.  The school opened in April 1947 and the first log book entry reads, "I, Sidney, Ernest Chapman BSc, Headmaster, opened this new school today as a building school with one Assistant Master and six boys."  An entry soon after refers to the "delivery of 3,250 common bricks for use on the building course".  A few months later, in November 1947, there is an entry explaining that the school was closed for the day of the wedding of HRH Princess Elizabeth.  These and other entries referring to the occasional pupil being caned, for example, really gave me a sense of the school's past and reminded me what a privilege it is to play my own part in the school's history.  On June 17th, we will be holding an event for alumni so if you are yourself an alumnus or know anyone who is, please do let Martha Ware, our Development Officer, have the relevant contact details.  Her email address is: martha.ware@cheshamgrammar.org

Next Tuesday, 24th January, we have our leavers' photos taking place for students in Years 11 and 13.  Students always like to buy a print so that they have a photographic record of their year group so please do make sure your child is here and is suitably attired.  All students in Year 13 must have a jacket with them.  Tutors will have details of the timings.

It is hard to believe that three weeks today, we will be breaking up for half term; time really is flying by!  Year 11s and 13s are just getting their mock results back and Year 12s have their mock exams just before half term.  Any homework now being set for Year 12s is revision focussed.  Please talk to your son or daughter about their revision and of course get in touch if you have any concerns.

With best wishes for a relaxing weekend,

Annmarie McNaney
Headteacher