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what's happening at Chesham Grammar

Posted on: January 25th 2019

Head's Blog

Dear Parent,

Well the snow which fell late on Tuesday afternoon already seems a distant memory!  I know that some of the students including those on a couple of the school coaches had a very long and difficult journey home on Tuesday with some not arriving until gone 10pm.  I have told the bus companies that should anything similar happen in future, they must let us know so that we can keep parents informed.  The decision to open later on Wednesday worked well and, as is always the case when it snows, was taken in conjunction with other local schools.  Now the snow is gone, the students should be back to their usual uniform and footwear from Monday.  Thank you for your support in this.

Last night Year 12 parents and students attended Parents' Evening and later this half term, we have Parents' Evenings for Years 9 and 10 with those for Years 7 and 8 scheduled for next half term.  This is a very busy term with 6 of the 7 year groups having their Parents' Evening at some point during it, along with the GCSE Options Evening for Year 9 parents.  In some schools, attendance at evenings like this is quite low.  It goes without saying that parental support is a crucial factor in success at school and we are fortunate in having such supportive parents alongside whom we can work to get the best from the students; thank you.

I thought you might appreciate an update on our building work.  Our new reception area is - finally - finished.  We are just waiting for telephone installation along with the mechanism which allows us to operate the security gates.  We are expecting to be able to start using the new reception area on Monday 4th February.  There will be some changes to the way in which parents can access the site which we will send home next week.  Our students have been using temporary changing rooms for PE since September.  We were originally told that the new ones would be ready for the end of September!  I cannot tell you how disappointed I am that they are so delayed; the inconvenience to both staff and students has been immense and I would like to thank them all for their forbearance.  We are assured that the new changing rooms and the new toilet facilities in PE will be completed next week so I hope that we will be able to start using them on 4th February too.  Work on the new music block is progressing well and is expected to be completed in the next month or so, following which the contractors will begin to extend and remodel the maths block.  

My birthday teas with Year 7 this week were as enjoyable as ever.  Happy birthday to: Oscar, Lily, Daisy, Lia, Max, Henry, Shudhit and Benjamin.  

Mr Bradbury's assemblies this week, delivered to students across the school, focused on Holocaust Memorial Day which falls on Sunday and he talked about the theme for this year which is 'Torn From Home'.  He also worked in other examples of genocide such as those in Cambodia and Rwanda and gave examples of people who saved countless lives by having the courage to stand up and speak out against the injustices they saw.  This is something which has been also picked up in tutor time this week.  Next week, our assemblies will be on the theme of mental health in advance of 'Time to Talk Day' on February 7th which is aimed at getting people to talk about mental health to help break down stereotypes and remove the stigma which can surround mental health issues. 

Can I finish by reminding you that on Monday 4th February we have a staff training day so the students will return to school after the weekend on Tuesday 5th.

With best wishes for a relaxing weekend,

Annmarie McNaney