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Posted on: November 2nd 2018

Head's Blog

Dear Parent,

I hope your children enjoyed the half term break and had a well needed rest.  This half term is the longest of the school year and by the time we finish for Christmas, almost 40% of the school year will be behind us.  This half term is also a very busy one, with mocks for Year 11 this month as well as many other school events in the run up to Christmas.  Can I remind you that we finish relatively early for Christmas, on Friday, December 14th.  We then return for the Spring term on January 2nd, 2019.  For those of you who like to book holidays early, please be aware that our 2019-2020 term dates are now on our website.  

I have enjoyed talking to students about the numerous school visits which took place over half term.  Those undertaking their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award did their expedition which was very challenging but enjoyable.  Well done to those involved.  Year 13 students who went to Washington and New York had a fabulous time as did those in Year 11 who were on the Art visit to Amsterdam.  If you follow the school Twitter feed, @cgsbucks you will probably have seen the many pictures from both visits.  For Mia and Roberta in Year 13, their visit was extra special as they turned 18 while in the USA.  My thanks to the staff who accompanied these visits.

Last night we held our Sixth Form Open Evening, attended by our own Year 11s and several hundred from other schools interested in applying to join our Sixth Form.  As is always the case, our students and staff talked with passion about their A level subjects, enthusing not only those currently in Year 11 but many parents as well, judging by the number of parents who asked if there is an upper age limit on admission to Year 12!  If your child is in Year 11 and needs some advice on A level choice do get in touch or encourage them to talk to us over the next few weeks, ahead of the deadline for submitting their A level options choices.  

As I write this, the Friends of Chesham Grammar School  are setting up the hall for the quiz night this evening.  Over 300 parents will be attending and I know a good time will be had by all.  My thanks to the FOCGS who raise a huge amount for us each year.  Without this, there are many things we simply could not afford to do, such as refurbish the PE changing rooms.  Talking of which, our building works are progressing: slowly but surely.  We expect our new reception area to be finished by the end of this month as well as the PE changing rooms.  The whole project should be completed by Easter, leaving us with extended, remodelled and totally refurbished blocks for music and maths, two new sets of toilets for boys and the same for girls, a remodelled Head's quad area providing a much needed seating and eating area for the students to use at break and lunchtimes in addition to the new reception and PE areas.  We can't wait!

Tomorrow, Saturday, the CGS Equestrian Club will be holding its annual jumble sale in the hall.  Do come along during the afternoon if you can.  Our Equestrian Club provides superb opportunities for our students and is entirely self-funded.  We believe that we are the only state school in the country to have this facility so it really is a unique feature of CGS.

All of our Sixth Form students attend a lecture once a week as part of our enrichment programme.  Year 13s this week heard from Baroness Emma Pidding who gave a most informative talk, providing a valuable insight into life as a member of the House of Lords.  She was hugely impressed by the questions our students asked in the Q and A session at the end of her talk, as were the staff who also heard Baroness Pidding's talk. 

Well done to all those in Years 7 and 8 who took part in our Readathon.  The final total raised was £905.  Happy 12th birthday to those in Year 7 with whom I enjoyed birthday tea this week: Scott, Joseph, Madhulika, Louisa, Freya and Jack.  Congratulations to Roberta, Kwaku and Richard who met with me this week, having celebrated their 18th birthday over half term.  A number of our students represented the school in the South East Region secondary schools swimming team relay competition just before half term.  Many congratulations to the Junior Girls.  Gaby, Brigitte, Anna and Lucy won a bronze medal in the freestyle relay and also came in 7th (out of 37 teams) in the medley relay.  They will represent the South East at the National Schools event at the London Aquatic Centre later this month.  The Senior Boys have also qualified for this event.  Well done to Matthew, Zac, Matthew and Euan.  Our Inter Girls and Junior Boys also swam well in the South East event.  

I would like to remind parents, as the weather turns colder, that coats and any other items of clothing worn for school in the Winter e.g hats, gloves, need to be black, as per our uniform list.  Finally, another reminder that the menus on offer to our students in the dining room courtesy of AiP, our caterers, can be found on our website.  

With best wishes for a relaxing weekend,

Annmarie McNaney
Headteacher