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what's happening at Chesham Grammar

Posted on: May 10th 2019

Head's Blog

Dear Parent,

Today Year 13s finished a significant chapter of their lives. Back in 2005, those of you with a child in Year 13 dropped him or her off for their very first day in Reception and thus began a school career which has spanned 14 years during which they have spent approximately 15,000 hours in lessons.  Today, they had their last day in school and once again they were accompanied by their parents.  The CGS tradition in terms of marking this event is one I am proud of.  There is no fancy dress or 'muck up day', rather something much more in keeping with the ethos, values and character of the school.  Around 200 parents joined their children this morning for a final assembly, an hour long celebration of their time at CGS.  There was formality and informality, humour, laughter and tears, poems and music and even a rendition of Careless Whisper!  Mr Wescomb, Director of Sixth Form, spoke as did our outgoing Head Boy and Head Girl, Monty and Grace. I finished the assembly with my own address, just about managing to hold it together as we geared up for the final goodbye. As the students left the hall for the very last time, the staff formed a guard of honour and applauded the students. This summed up for me the mutual warmth and respect which is one of the key characteristics of this school.  To our Year 13 leavers, our Class of 2019, I say thank you for the immense contribution you have made to the school.  Of course we wish you all the best and assure you of a warm welcome whenever you return to CGS.  My thanks to all those involved and to the staff who organised it.  And finally, a thank you to parents for your support. Together we have moulded some incredible young men and women.

As I write, our two Young Enterprise teams, OKO and Nova, are at Pipers Corner School competing in the County Finals, having won the Chiltern District round several weeks ago.  We have our fingers crossed that all their hard work is recognised and I look forward to hearing about the event when I see them on Monday.

We recently conducted a student anti-bullying survey and will be sharing our findings with the students in assemblies next week. Our assemblies this week have been taken by our outgoing Head Boy and Head Girl, Monty and Grace, who talked about their year in office.  We then heard from our newly appointed Head Girl and Head Boy, Sofia and Matthew, who outlined their plans for the year ahead. We also introduced our new Deputy Head Girl Charis and Deputy Head Boy Tom and thanked their predecessors, Molly and Kwaku. I would like to thank the outgoing team and congratulate those who were recently appointed from a very strong field.  

It is getting to the time of year when we start to think about September, scary though that may sound!  I have been asked to let you know that parents can rebook their child's existing locker for next year if they wish.  This needs to be done via the ILS website until 27th May. If you wish to book a different locker, this cannot be done until June 1st. ILS are sending this information to parents but have experienced some issues with emails so we said we would also pass this on to you. 

Congratulations to some of our girls who play for Chesham United U15 girls' football team and who won the Bucks FA Cup last weekend.  The match ended 0-0 and went to penalties with Chesham United winning 3-2.  I enjoyed hearing about the shootout which made for a thrilling match!  Well done to: Tilly, Isobel, Ava Mia, Ani, Sarah, Mille and Anna.  We are very proud!  Well done also to Magnus in Year 8 who represented his canoe club last weekend, winning a hard-fought 3rd place in the 6.8km Division 9 Hasler Race in Bedford.

With best wishes for a relaxing weekend,

Annmarie McNaney
Headteacher