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I trust that those of you with a child in Year 11 had a productive and informative evening talking to your son or daughter's teachers at Parents' Evening last night. This was your last formal contact with the school before GCSE exams start and I know the staff will have been keen to identify what needs to be done in the remaining few weeks in order to get the best possible results. There will be some further data sent home in the form of a final 'working at' grade and of course please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns or questions.
This week has been a busy one, with a number of events taking place. Year 13 had a session with Elevate presenters aimed at helping them prepare for the final push. Yesterday we held the Intermediate Maths Challenge and it was good to see the hall packed full of students in Year 8 - 10 ready to think their way through some challenging maths problems. Also yesterday, Year 11 art students visited the Tate Modern which I am sure led to some excellent conversations about art today. A group of Year 9 students took part in the Coca Cola Real Business Challenge at The Kia Oval (Surrey Cricket Club) in London and I look forward to hearing how they got on. Today, students in Year 13 who study chemistry have been lucky enough to participate in a 'Spectroscopy in the Suitcase' event in school. As always, my thanks to the staff for going the extra mile to give the students such a diverse range of opportunities and experiences. Without their hard work and commitment, none of these additional activities would have taken place.
Assemblies this week have been led by tutor groups and the one in my House, Franklin, was led by F15. It was on the theme of 'love' which, with Valentine's Day coming up, included some timely advice and reminders! The tutor group did an impressive job of presenting the material and I would like to thank all those students and tutors who have taken part in these assemblies this week.
I met with a number of students earlier this week to congratulate them on a range of out of school achievements. Zac Patel in Year 10 and Euan Donald in Year 9 have both qualified for Hertfordshire Swimming Championships which are taking place over three weekends. They have each qualified for a number of races and I look forward to hearing how they got on, with the last swim taking place this weekend. I also enjoyed talking to Johanna Aalen in Year 12 and Lily Redman in Year 9 about the trampoline competition they took part in, representing CGS. Both girls finished in the top 5 in their category. Well done, girls. On a musical theme, Jamie Tozer in Year 7 has recently passed his grade 4 piano exam, while Jamie Wright in Year 10 gained a distinction in his grade 8 drumming exam. Finally, it was good to meet Alex Pochert-Hudgell in Year 7. We received an email from a member of staff in another school who had attended a presentation given by Alex. It was about a scheme he helped to set up in his primary school called 'Playground Pals' which supported younger children. The email referred to his maturity and self assurance which was wonderful to hear. Very well done to all the students. Please do let us know of your child's out of school achievements so that we can acknowledge these in school. This is very easy to do under the 'good news' tab in the 'parents' section of our website.
I also met with students in Year 13 who have recently turned 18. They are: Giselle Farrer, Shahrez Kharim, Chloe Butler-Johnson and Anushka Dave. Not only did this allow me to congratulate them on their 18th birthday, it also gave me a chance to hear about their future plans and the university offers they are holding.
Next week is the final week of this half term. I am not quite sure where January went! Year 12 students will spend the week doing their mock exams and I wish them the very best of luck.
With best wishes for a relaxing weekend,