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what's happening at Chesham Grammar

Posted on: March 10th 2017

Head's Blog

Dear Parent,

We had a good turnout for our evening for Year 11 parents on Tuesday which aimed to outline ways in which those sitting public exams in the next few months can be supported at home.  I know from the feedback we have received that parents found if very useful and so we will repeat this in future.  My thanks to Mr Patteson who organised the event and to Jackie Cox our speaker.  Jackie is a governor at Ivingswood Academy, the primary school in our multi academy trust, and we were delighted when she offered us her considerable expertise for the evening.  She is hugely experienced, having worked with lots of schools over the course of her career.  We were also pleased to see so many Year 8 parents and students at our Progress Evening last night.  I spoke to lots of parents and once again the feedback was very positive.  It isn't that long ago that these evenings were for parents only and I am sure you will agree that having your child there too, so that we can talk to and with rather than about them, is much better.

As part of our continued commitment to safeguarding and our drugs education programme, we will, in common with many other local schools, soon be visited by a team of drugs sniffer dogs.  There will be the opportunity for the students to meet the dogs and their handlers and to ask them questions over lunchtime when they will be based in the quad.  We hope this goes well. 

This week, I was delighted to meet with a group of students to celebrate a range of achievements.  Sean Patten in Year 8 has just passed his grade 5 music theory exam which is impressive.  Equally impressive is the gold certificate gained by Charles Stafford in Year 7 in the recent intermediate maths challenge and the 250+ House points already acculumated by Charlotte Docwra in Year 7!  Georgina Evans in Year 12 has got through a rigorous selection procedure to win an army scholarship while Charis Lister in Year 10 has successfully auditioned for the National Youth Music Theatre and will appear in one of their summer productions.  Finally, Caitlin Mackay in Year 11 recently competed in her first international swimming meet, representing the South East of England.  Caitlin competed alongside Olympic champions and not only made it into several finals but also managed to PB a few times over the weekend too.  All of these achievements are excellent and it was good to hear the students talk with pride about what they have done.  Many congratulations to them all.

I also met with a large group of Sixth Formers today.  Three of them, Aisling Ward, Georgina Grantham and Adam Blackwell in Year 13, were involved in a presentation on art and photography to the University of the Third Age in Amersham recently which was very well received.  The others delivered a CPD session to their own teachers!  They were asked to talk about the sort of activities in lessons which are most effective in terms of their learning and which best challenge them to think.  It was quite clear that both groups of students gained a good deal themselves from their experiences.  Many thanks to: Jenny Scoones, Charlotte Fennell, Aidan Coyle, Max Glennie, Imogen Mayo, Niharika Mukherjee, Aaron Hirani, Matthew Chapman, Amber Newlands and Emma Matthews in Year 12. 

I also met with a group of Year 13s who have just turned 18.  They are: Guy Moss, Sarah Macklin, Jacob Groet, Ambra Gammage, Matthew Cary and Ellen Jennings. Congratulations to them all.

I thought I would let you know that Chiltern Hills Academy will be holding their biennial careers exhibition on Wednesday 22 March.  They will be joined on the evening by universities, colleges, apprenticeship providers, trade, healthcare and financial services professionals, to name but a few.  The event is open to all young people aged 11 to 18 and their families and so I hope that some of our students may wish to go along.

Finally, thank you to those parents who hosted a French exchange student this week or who will be hosting a German exchange student next week.  The French students left this morning with a good number of tears being shed I understand which suggests that the exchange was a huge success. My thanks to Miss Occhionigro and Dr Broomfield who organise the exchanges. 

With best wishes for a relaxing weekend,

Annmarie McNaney
Headteacher