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Posted on: January 11th 2019

Head's Blog

Dear Parent,

It was a delight to hear earlier this week that one of our alumna, Sophie Harman, has been nominated for a Bafta.  Sophie went from CGS to Manchester University, graduating with a first class degree in Politics before going on to do a PhD.  An academic career followed and last year, while still in her mid 30s, she was appointed Professor of International Politics at Queen Mary University of London.  Much of Sophie's research has been in the field of global medicine and HIV/AIDS and last year she made a film about women with HIV in Tanzania to raise awareness of this issue.  The film, entitled Pili, has led to this Bafta nomination in the category "outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer".  We are very proud.

You will remember that we held a parent governor election before Christmas and I would like to thank those parents who put themselves forward.  Mark Simpson was duly elected and we look forward to welcoming him to our first meeting later this month.

I mentioned our girls' football teams last week and am delighted to tell you that the U13s played this week and won 3-1 which means they now progress to the last 16 in the National Cup.  Captain Amelia scored all three of the goals. Many congratulations to her and the team. The U15 team will be playing their match this coming week and we hope they will follow suit.

Earlier today I met with Jonathan in Year 12 who has been awarded a bursary to allow him to attend a national bell ringing course.  This is a prestigious award and is the first time it has been given to someone from the church Jonathan attends.  Very well done.  Well done too to Sumair and Aryan who have recently passed their grade 2 piano and grade 8 violin exams respectively.  Thomas in Year 10 ran in the County Cross Country Championships on January 6th, coming 5th.  Tom will now progress to the Inter Counties National Cross Country Championships being held in Loughborough in March.  We wish him luck.

Year 13s have conducted themselves impeccably during their mocks and we look forward to welcoming them back to lessons next week.  It always feels strange when there are exams going on as they take the hall out of action.  This disrupts the normal routine of the school since this is the space we use for our assemblies so I am looking forward to being able to talk to all students in the school when we resume our normal assembly routine next week.

With very best wishes for a relaxing weekend,

Annmarie McNaney