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Posted on: February 1st 2019

Head's Blog

Dear Parent,

I hope that your child has enjoyed the 'snow day'.  The decision to close today was not a difficult one and it is one it seems the vast majority of Headteachers in Bucks took along with many others across the country.  My view of the occasional snow day is that those who have public exams looming will probably be glad of a day to do some catching up, sorting out or revision notes.  Although it does seem to snow more regularly now than used to be the case, it is still something of a novelty and, as a one-off, I see no harm in the younger students getting out in the fresh air with their friends and enjoying it.  Were we to miss a number of days of school, I would, of course, take a different view and ask staff to set work for the students using Canvas.  Let's hope we don't see any more of the white stuff and that their learning can be undertaken in school rather than having to be done at home!  

The snow meant that we had to postpone our first two performances of our school show The Wiz.  We had to make the call about the first performance during the day yesterday and this was a really difficult decision as we know how hard the students and staff have worked.  Our absolute priority though has to be the safety of everyone who would have been here and had the snow come as predicted, we may have been setting up camp in the school hall overnight!  We are desperately hoping that the two shows tomorrow can go ahead as planned; the weather forecast seems to be better tomorrow so that looks promising.  The two postponed shows will, hopefully, take place on Sunday at 1pm and 7pm.  I am very grateful to parents for their support and we would like to apologise to the students who I am sure were even more disappointed than we were that we could not undertake the two performances last night and tonight as planned.  Having heard The Wiz rehearsals taking place this week and having popped in a couple of times for a quick peek, I am very much looking forward to attending the matinée tomorrow...fingers crossed.

We have finalised our study leave dates for Year 11 and 13 students.  Their formal lessons will end on Friday 3rd and 10th May respectively with optional revision sessions taking place the following week for each year group.  For each there will also be a final assembly - on 3rd for Year 11 and 10th for Year 13 - to which parents are warmly invited.  I would urge you to put the date in your diary if you can.  We will send home further details in the next couple of weeks.

Please be aware that one of our students was recently approached by a man in a white transit van during the journey to school.  He asked the student to get into his van.  This was refused and the student is fine but it is a reminder to us all as parents to talk to our children about keeping themselves safe.  On a similar note, students from another school were approached and threatened on the Metropolitan Line last week.  A number of our students use the Met Line to travel to and from school and again, I would ask parents to talk to their children about things which could happen during this time.  The advice from the police is to keep possessions out of sight as far as possible and to travel with others. If anything untoward occurs, the police should be informed immediately so that they can deal with the situation as quickly as possible.  

While I am mentioning the police, they have asked that I make you aware of a survey being undertaken to identify current youth neighbourhood priorities in Chiltern District. They would very much value feedback and the survey can be found at: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/ChilternyouthsurveyFeb2019/  The deadline is 14th February.  

Birthday teas took place as usual this week.  Happy 12th birthday to:  Ria Deshpande, Areyan Sooriyakumar and Lucy Riddick and congratulations to Amber Clark, Maya Butt and Harrison Beckett who have recently turned 18.  Congratulations also to Joel Pierleoni in Year 11 who has recently returned from Dubai where he was competing in two tennis tournaments.  In the first, he reached the quarter finals and in the second tournament just lost a close final to the Russian favourite.  Well done Joel.  We are equally proud of Issy Mohacs Fuller who represented CGS in the NSEA Show Jumping Qualifiers last month. Issy competed in two classes and came first in both, no mean feat as there were around 50 riders in the first class and 100 competing in the second.  Issy is now the NSEA County Champion for Buckinghamshire and has secured a place in the National Championships in April where she will represent the County.  Very well done Issy.  

You will know that our girls' football teams have been making excellent progress in the National Cup with both the U13 and U15 teams reaching the last 16.  The U15s played their last 16 match yesterday and were gutted to lose 5-4 in what Mrs Fleming described as an 'epic' match.  This is the first game the girls have lost since they arrived at CGS and although she was disappointed for them, Mrs Fleming is also incredibly proud of their achievements.  Equally proud is Mr Pierce who last week accompanied our Year 7 5 a side football team to Norwich for the Regional Finals where they represented Bucks having won the County section last term.  The boys involved had a great day and did themselves and the school proud.  Although they did not progress to the next round, they enjoyed the experience and gained a good deal from it.  Well done to both teams.

On Tuesday of next week, 5th, the Friends of Chesham Grammar School will be holding their AGM at school at 7.30pm.  A huge amount of money is raised every year and the FoCGS really do appreciate any support from parents so if you could spare an hour or so on Tuesday, do come along. 

I finish with a reminder that Monday is a staff training day so we look forward to seeing the students back at school after an unexpectedly long weekend on Tuesday.

With best wishes for a relaxing weekend,

Annmarie McNaney
Headteacher