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what's happening at Chesham Grammar

Posted on: May 17th 2019

Head's Blog

Dear Parent, 

GCSE written exams started this week and the students are now well and truly in to the swing of things.  We have been impressed by the way in which they have conducted themselves.  A level exams will start this coming week and both year groups have a busy few weeks ahead.  We wish them all the best.  At the other end of the school, Year 7s have their first set of exams at CGS this week.  Earlier today, I was talking to an expert in the field of mental health. Recent research indicates that exams and homework top the list of what induces anxiety in young people.  Please do keep an eye on your child and talk to us if you are concerned.  It may also be worth looking at the website and encouraging your child to read the information there.  There is a section on 'how to look after your mental health during revision and exams' and another on revision and exam tips which should be of use and interest.

Yesterday, Year 10 engineering students accompanied by four staff left CGS at some unearthly hour in the morning! They set off for Gatwick airport from where they flew to Bologna.  During their time away they are visiting the museums of Ferrari, Ducati and Lamborghini as well as the Pagani factory all of which will enhance their knowledge and understanding of engineering.  My thanks to Miss Wright who stepped in at short notice to lead this visit due to staff absence and of course to the other accompanying staff.  I am very much looking forward to hearing about the students' experiences when they are back in school next week.   

Congratulations to Maya in Year 9 who has recently been selected to represent Great Britain as a member of the Development Team at the International Spinnaker Regatta in Tallinn next month.  This is a superb achievement and we wish Maya all the best.  Congratulations also to Megan in Year 10 who became Herts County U17 javelin champion last weekend with a PB of 37.12m.  Well done Megan.  Lucinda in Year 7 has been awarded more than 200 House points so far this year which is impressive while Daniel, also in Year 7, passed his guitar exam recently with merit.  Daniel was in to see me earlier in the week too, to mark his 12th birthday, along with a group of his peers in Year 7: Areeb, Oliver, Eshan, Amy, Mia, Leena, Niamh and Hattie.  A happy birthday to them all.

I would like to say a belated thank you to all those parents and students who attended the Spring Fair the weekend before last.  As always, it was a lovely event and when I know the final amount raised, I will of course let you know.  My thanks to the Friends of Chesham Grammar School who worked so hard to make the day a success. 

Finally, I am aware that there is another UK youth climate change demonstration planned for next Friday, 24th May.  I have been asked whether I am prepared to authorise absence for any student who may wish to attend.  I am not. Absence can only be authorised in exceptional circumstances.  While I fully understand the desire of our students to express their concern about this topical and important issue, there are many ways in which this can be done which do not require absence from school.  There have now been several such demonstrations held during school time and there will undoubtedly be others in future.  I know that for our students and parents, education is a priority so I would encourage the students to express their concern in ways which do not have a negative impact on their education. 

With best wishes for a relaxing weekend,

Annmarie McNaney