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Posted on: November 23rd 2018

Head's Blog

Dear Parent,

As I write this, I can hear the last minute rehearsals for our first Gym and Dance Show this evening which takes place at 6pm.  We very much hope that this will become an annual event and that it will grow over time.  My thanks to Mrs Fleming who has been the driving force behind it and to Mrs Maishman who has also put in a great deal of time to help the students prepare.  I am very much looking forward to the evening.

It was a pleasure to see so many Year 13 parents and students at our Progress Evening last night.  For many parents, this is the last such evening they will attend and so for some it was, as one parent put it, the start of the end of an era.  With mocks fast approaching in January, there was a good deal of discussion between staff, students and parents about what needs to be done in the weeks and months ahead in order to ensure success.  As always, please do let us know if you have any questions, queries or concerns about your child.  Of course, as one year group starts to think about leaving our Sixth Form, another is giving a great deal of thought to joining it.  Can I remind parents with a child in Year 11 that A level options forms need to be submitted by December 3rd?  Again, please let us know if there is anything about this you would like to discuss or if you or your child need any further advice. 

Earlier this week, our Head Boy and Head Girl, Monty and Grace, attended Chesham Rotary Club's lunch and talked to those present about the excellent work students at CGS do in the community and about the money we raise for various charities throughout the year.  The Rotarians were very impressed by Monty and Grace.  They were interested to hear about the work of the school and are keen to help where they can with charity events.  By the time we reach the end of this term, we will have raised around £7,500 for a range of charities: Liberty's Legacy, Children in Need, the Poppy Appeal and the NSPCC with more fundraising to come during the year.  Added to that, we have donated almost 70 kilos of food to the Chiltern Foodbank and I have been asked by those who run it to pass on their thanks to you all.  Finally, our annual Christmas Party for over 150 elderly residents of Chesham is fast approaching and this is one of the highlights of the school calendar this term.  We know that this is also the case for our elderly guests who start contacting us to say they would like to attend in the summer term!  Our students are caring, compassionate and empathetic, and we are incredibly proud of the charitable work they undertake. 

Continuing the fundraising theme, well done to Freddie in Year 8 who held a cake sale at his Aunt's house last week to raise money for Children in Need.  Well done too, to Spike Poyton also in Year 8 who entered the Chesham Photographic Competition, coming 3rd in the U13 category with his entry "Encounter".  Many congratulations to Maya in Year 9 who won sailing's National Winter Championship in the Optimist class last weekend.  This is a highly competitive event and to win the girls' event is a superb achievement.  Well done Maya.   Earlier this week, Mr Thomas took a team of Sixth Form mathematicians to the Senior Maths Team Challenge.  Charlotte, Eve, Abbie and Kamil did brilliantly, coming 4th out of 25 teams and 1st of the state schools represented.  Congratulations to them and thank you to Mr Thomas.  Finally, Charlotte in our Sixth Form recently attended an event at the Houses of Parliament.  This was a 'Diversity in Tech: Celebrating Stories in Inclusiveness' Reception and Charlotte, a keen student of politics, gained a great deal from the experience which helped her to understand the role that cross party operations can play in the effective functioning of government. 

Happy 18th birthday to Saman, Jasmine, Jonnie and Anirudh with whom I met this week.  As always, it was a pleasure to hear about the ways in which they marked the occasion and about their plans for the future, which usually leave me feeling rather envious! 

I am very much looking forward to the FOCGS Christmas Fair on Thursday of next week, 29th, which for me always signals the start of the festive season.  Do come along if you can.  The FOCGS have been working incredibly hard and those of you who have been before will know just how impressive the hampers, which take weeks to create, always are.  It is important to get here early if you want to grab a bargain!  My thanks to the Committee members who are involved in this excellent event. 

With best wishes for a relaxing weekend,

Annmarie McNaney