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what's happening at Chesham Grammar

Posted on: February 10th 2017

Head's Blog

Dear Parent,

The end of this half term officially marks the mid point of the academic year.  I know I have said this before, but it really does race by!  Although this has been a fairly short half term, it has been a busy one, with three year groups sitting mock examinations.  We have been impressed by the conduct of the students throughout.  This week, all students in Year 11 have been interviewed by a member of the Senior Leadership Team.  These meetings have focused on mock results, target grades and post GCSE plans.  We have also talked about what lies ahead and the importance of maintaining a sense of perspective in the months ahead.  We will be running some sessions for students across the year groups sitting public exams on how to deal with stress and will also be putting on an evening for parents which will suggest ways in which you can support your son or daughter during the next few months.  Further details will follow next half term from Mr Patteson.

I have had the pleasure of meeting with a good number of students this week.  As you will know, this is very much a regular feature of my working life but always a highlight nonetheless.  The Year 7s I have met with for birthday tea are: Jamie Tozer, Lily Pattinson, Armani Patel, Tom Wackrow, Johnny Fallon and Aadityan Sooriyakumar.  The Year 13s celebrating their 18th birthday are: Christian Horridge, Oliver Hicks, Daniel McLoone and Claudia Markham.  Congratulations and happy birthday to them all. 

A group of Year 7s taught by Dr Lohr came to see me on Wednesday.  They had been asked, for a science homework, to make a model of a cell.  Georgie Hoffman, Erin Shacklock, Ava McKechnie, Stefanie Buckland and Aadityan Sooriyakumar had gone to great lengths and their models were superb.  I was hugely impressed.  I also met with some Year 9s whose work for Mrs Henderson in English was exceptional.  They had been asked to do a piece of creative writing inspired by the feud in Romeo and Juliet.  They were: Orlando Stanley, Eve Trueman, William Jeffery, Jennifer Rowlands and Isabel Sherwin.  I also met with Polly Almond who has been selected for the U13 national children's orchestra; what a superb achievement.  Finally, I met with our Year 7 and 8 girls' football team who received their certificates for taking part in a tournament recently and with Yasmin Gill who has been selected for U15 regional girls' rugby squad.  Well done.

I would very much like to congratulate our senior netballers.  Earlier this week, two teams entered the Chiltern Tournament.  We were the only school to enter two teams.  The A team won the tournament and so are now Chiltern Champions.  The B team also played very well and Mrs Maishman was very proud of them all. Congratulations, girls.  Congratulations, too, to the U13 girls' football team who won their semi final in the County Cup 7-1 and who will now play in the final in March.  Our gymnasts participated in the County finals at the weekend, missing out on a team medal by an agonising 0.01 of a mark.  They did really well.  Finally, congratulations to Jess Orr whose performance in the County Cross Country Championships recently led to her qualifying for the regional event next month.  Well done, Jess.

Earlier in the week I was delighted to welcome back to the school two former students.  Alexandra Kirk left at the end of the 1990s, Sarah Timothy several years later.  Both are working for a local law firm, BlaserMills, where Alexandra is a partner.  It was wonderful to reminisce with them and to hear recollections of their time at CGS.  On their way around the school, they both encountered staff who had taught them during their time here and the genuine affection displayed by both sides reminded me of the old adage that school days are the best days of your life.  We had a long conversation with them and their colleague, Hiren Gandhi, about possible future partnerships.

Over half term, the new fencing at the front of school will start to be erected.  You may recall me mentioning this in an earlier newsletter.  When we had our Ofsted inspection, there were concerns about the open nature of our site and this led to a long discussion about student safety.  On the back of this, we were able to secure some funding to address this issue.  We have had a new perimeter fence installed around the school field and the workmen are just about to move onto dealing with the front of the school.  Further details will follow when the fencing is complete and the gates operational which we expect to be a week or two into next half term.

Many of our students and a good number of staff have just set off on the annual ski trip to Austria.  It looks like they will have plenty of snow.  Our sixth form art and photography students have also left today for their trip to Florence.  I would like to thank the staff for giving up their time to accompany our students and for thus enabling them to enjoy the sort of experiences they will talk about and remember for many years to come.

Just a reminder that the FOCGS Quiz Night is on 25th February at 7.00pm.  The deadline for tickets is Friday 17th February and forms should be emailed to mel.weston@btinternet.com.  All forms already received will receive a confirmation email over the weekend.

I look forward to welcoming your children back to school, refreshed after the half term break, on Monday, 20th February,

With best wishes for a relaxing weekend. 

Annmarie McNaney
Headteacher