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Posted on: February 8th 2019

Head's Blog

Dear Parent,

This time last week, the students involved in The Wiz should have been preparing for their second show but had not been able to undertake that or the first one due to the snow.  We were, thankfully, able to go ahead with both the matinée and evening performances on Saturday and to reschedule the first two shows, holding matinée and evening performances on Sunday too.  This worked out quite well for the students as they didn't then have to get up early for school on Monday as it was a training day.  I attended the Saturday matinée and would like to congratulate all those involved on an excellent production.  The cast, musicians, back stage and lighting crew all performed their roles with professionalism and energy and what gave me perhaps the greatest sense of pride was seeing them all having such a good time.  My thanks to the staff involved, especially Mrs Neagle and Mrs Jashari.  I know the after show party took place after school today and I heard lots of happy children as I passed the Drama Studio a little earlier.

The UCAS application deadline has now passed and those in Year 13 who are planning to go to university are now receiving their offers.  It is always a pleasure to talk to the students about their applications and offers and to see their obvious excitement about the future.  The vast majority have offers from their first choice university and we are immensely proud of them.  They have given a great deal of thought to their choices and are being well rewarded from what I can tell!  My thanks to Mr Wescomb whose expertise is, I know, hugely valued by the students.

You will know that we have been supporting Liberty's Legacy which raises money in memory of Liberty Schurer who died aged 15 in October 2017 and whose elder sister, Olivia, is a member of our Year 13.  Liberty was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.  Next Friday, 15th February, is International Childhood Cancer Day and we will be holding a cake sale to raise money for Liberty's Legacy.  Please do send your child with some money on the day so that we can support Olivia and help her to further increase the amount raised for this fund set up in memory of her sister.  Thank you.

Earlier this week, a number of students from Years 7 - 11 took part in the Bucks Schools' Cross Country Championships.  I would like to thank all those who represented the school and to congratulate them all, in particular Euan and Archie Pinder in Year 7, both of whom finished in the top 10 and who and thus qualify for the nationals.  Well done.  I would also like to say well done to our Year 7 basketball team whose comfortable victory over Princes Risborough School earlier this week saw them win the league.  Finally on the sporting front, I am delighted to announce that the U13 girls' football team won their 6th round match in the National Cup 4-1 today and so progress through to the last 8. A fantastic achievement girls; very well done.  

Last week, a team of four CGS students, Grace Beckett and Rowan Creighton in Year 13, Joseph dos Anjos in Year 10 and Elly White in Year 8, took part in the Schools Challenge quiz.  They performed very well and thoroughly enjoyed the experience but, in the end, were narrowly beaten. 

Finally, if you read The Sunday Times you may have seen that CGS was mentioned in the 'Home' section last week. Each week, a desirable place to live is featured.  Chesham and Berkhamsted have been included in the past and this week, it was the turn of Amersham.  Having access to outstanding schools was - unsurprisingly - mentioned as one of the plus points with CGS, DCGS and DCHS all named in the article.

On Monday, Year 11 students have one of their GCSE English Literature mocks and I wish them all the very best.  Just a reminder that we finish for half term next Friday, 15th.

With best wishes for a relaxing weekend,

Annmarie McNaney
Headteacher