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Posted on: January 18th 2019

Head's Blog

Dear Parent,

It has been a busy week at CGS. Year 13s are back in school after their mocks and it has been nice to get back into the usual routines of school life. We have also enjoyed hearing about the successes of those who have been offered a place at Oxford or Cambridge following the entrance examinations and interviews last term. Last night was our first Parents' Evening of 2019. It was good to see so many Year 11 parents and students talking to teachers about what needs to be done in the remaining few months in order to maximise the chances of success and best prepare for what lies ahead. On Wednesday, all students in Years 7 and 10 worked with a group of external facilitators, participating in the National Enterprise Challenge. This is something we have taken part in for a number of years now and it has become hugely popular nationally. We have a good track record in the Challenge, winning it on one occasion and finishing as runners up on another. The students are given a specific brief and then spend the day creating and designing before presenting their ideas in the afternoon in a 'Dragon's Den' session. I would like to thank Miss Thoday and Miss Lindsay who organised and co-ordinated the event and I would like to congratulate the students whose enthusiasm was infectious. Also on Wednesday, our U15 girls' football team as you will remember played their National Cup game. I thoroughly enjoyed watching them dominate the game and thrash the opposition 11-2! Very well done to them all and to their coach Mr Finch. They now join our U13 team in the last 16 of the National Cup. While I am on the subject of sport, we like the students to look as smart as possible when representing the school in sport and are always looking for sponsors for our team kits. We do have a number of kits sponsored by local businesses but if there is anyone who owns or works for a company which may be interested in adding to this list or who would like to know more, please do get in touch with our Development Director Martha Ware - During our assemblies this week we have enjoyed an extract from our upcoming school show 'The Wiz' which runs from January 31st to February 2nd. Rehearsals have been underway since the start of the school year and the students and staff involved are working incredibly hard. The energy and enthusiasm of the cast was a delight to see in assembly and I do encourage you to get your order in for tickets as it promises to be an impressive and entertaining event.

I had my first 18th birthday teas of the term this week. Congratulations to: Amar, Sabrina, Alice, Sam and Ben. And a happy 12th birthday to my Year 7 guests this week: William, Francesca, Huw, Alice and Sophie. Another group of students with whom I met this week was made up of some of those who entered the Harewood Downs Golf Club photographic competition. The winners have not been announced yet but the Art Department have selected our own winners from a very strong field. It was fascinating to hear from each student about the setting of and inspiration for their photos which were on the themes of ‘The Chilterns’, ‘Local Scenes’ and ‘Seasons’. Congratulations to the following who took part:

Year 7 Delilah (1st), Ophelia (2nd) and Sophie (3rd)
Year 8: Otto (1st), Grace (2nd), Jago (3rd)
Year 9: Caspar (1st), Caitlin (2nd), Georgina (3rd)

We recently had the pleasure of sixty Year 6 students from Brushwood School who joined the science department for the day. They worked with science staff for an hour, completing practical work to investigate solubility. The students set hypothesis, dissolved salt in water, From the Headteacher then used the Bunsen Burners and other heating equipment to measure the effect of temperature on solubility. This experience built on work that they did with us when they visited in the summer term of Year 5 and supports the work that they have recently completed in their science lessons. They were an absolute pleasure to teach and we are looking forward to having a fair few of them join us in September.

With best wishes for a relaxing weekend,

Annmarie McNaney