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Posted on: April 26th 2019

Head's Blog

Dear Parent,

It was good to meet the students again and to see them back in school on Tuesday after the Easter break.  At the very start of the holiday a group of Year 10 students studying GCSE geography were in Iceland for what one of the students described to me as 'the trip of a lifetime'.  The students gained a huge amount from this visit. The staff were hugely proud of the students who, as always, conducted themselves impeccably.  My thanks to Mrs Davis who organised the visit and to the other accompanying staff.  During the Easter holiday I know that a good number of Year 11 and 13 students and their teachers were in school undertaking revision and exam preparation and I would also like to thank those staff for giving up some of their holiday to support the students.  

Year 10 students returned on Tuesday to their exam week and we have been impressed by the way in which they have approached this first set of trial GCSE exams.  Next Friday Year 11 students start their study leave with Year 13 study leave commencing the following Friday. It is hard to believe that we have already reached this point in the year; it seems to have flown by.

Next Sunday, May 5th, the Friends of Chesham Grammar School are holding their annual Spring Fair from 12 pm to 3 pm.  This is a huge fundraising event and every penny raised helps us provide our students with things we otherwise would not be able to afford.  Please do consider purchasing some raffle tickets and do come along on the day to support the FOCGS.  My thanks to the Committee members who have been working for many weeks in preparation for this event.  I am praying for good weather!  Each year just before the Fair takes place we hold a mufti day to support the Friends of Chesham Grammar School and this will take place next Friday, May 3rd.  Form tutors will be collecting a pound from students during next week.

Our new music block is - finally - almost completed and we anticipate being able to move in by next Friday. We are all very excited about this.  When the builders are finished in music they will start the extension to the maths block which will be ready for September.  This means that all maths lessons will be re-roomed for the rest of the school year and students will be given details of this next week.

During the week I enjoyed my meetings with students including those in Year 7 who turned 12 during the Easter holiday.  Happy birthday to Claudia, Jenni, Joseph, Mia, Shresht, Amelie and Miranda.  I also met with some Year 7s who have accumulated more than 200 House points so far this year.  Congratulations to Georgia, William, Freya and Leena.  Today I met with the students in Year 12 who have been involved in out two Young Enterprise teams.  As I mentioned a few weeks ago both teams were selected to go through to the next round of the showcase events which will take place at Pipers Corner School on Friday, May 10th.  We wish them every success.  The students in Team OKO are: Hersh, Zoe, Nic, Emily, Alice, Saras, Manav, Mannan and Madeleine while Team Nova includes: Sofia, Isabella, Lloyd, Nidhi. Oliver, Lavan, Sophie, Fiona and Hayden.  It was also a pleasure to meet with our U13 girls' table tennis team, runners-up in the Regional Final.  Well done to Alice, Suzie, Alice and Lilly and congratulations to Ilse in Year 12 who is a Para-Equestrian Dressage rider and a member of the British Equestrian Federation Excel Talent Development Programme Squad.  Ilse won the Sport and Healthy Lifestyle Award at the Chiltern Youth Awards last month and the prize was presented by a fellow CGS student, Raffi in Year 11, whose own achievements in the fencing world are hugely impressive. 

With best wishes for a relaxing weekend,

Annmarie McNaney