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Posted on: May 24th 2019

Head's Blog

Dear Parent,


Because Easter fell late this year, this has been a short half term.  Nonetheless, it has been very busy.  As we break for the half term holiday, I would like to congratulate your children on all they have achieved since Easter and thank them for their contribution to the school.  We have certainly packed a great deal in to the past four and a half weeks, with five year groups in the school sitting exams, external or internal, along with numerous visits and extra-curricular activities.  There have been lots of sporting fixtures and just this week, our boys' Year 9 cricket team beat Berkhamsted School, the Year 10s beat Thorpe House while the U15 girls' cricket team continued the winning form of the girls' footballers, beating Tring School and Sir Henry Floyd before the A and B teams took the top two spots in a local tournament.  Great stuff! 


Today we held our Summer House Sports Competition with every child in Years 7 - 10 representing their House in cricket, rounders, tennis or softball.  The spirit in which these events take place typifies CGS.  There is fierce competition, friendly rivalry and a huge amount of fun and I watched with a real sense of pride.  Our next big House sporting event is our annual Sports Day which takes place on Friday 28th June.  This is always an excellent day and this year there will be the added dimension of the running of a marathon!  Mr Stoddern, Subject Leader for Maths, is a keen athlete.  Back in the Autumn term, he was inspired by the assembly delivered by Olivia in Year 13 about her sister Liberty's battle with a rare form of bone cancer and her death at the age of 14, deciding to raise money for Liberty's Legacy by running a marathon around our athletics track on Sports Day, timing the finish to coincide with the arrival of the whole school for the track events in the afternoon.  Mr Stoddern's plan in turn inspired two Year 12 boys, Sam and Leo, to want to take part too.  Leo has already raised over £600 for Liberty's Legacy by running the Berkhamsted half marathon back in March.  I am really proud of the three of them and feel this partnership between staff and students typifies the warmth and mutual respect of these two groups, something visitors to the school invariably comment on.  We have raised a huge amount for Liberty's Legacy this year and are hoping to add to this through sponsorship and donations via the marathon team's virgin moneygiving page.  If you would like to support them, you can do so here:  They have set themselves a target of £3,000 so any contributions will help them on their way.  If you would like to come and join us on the day, you will be most welcome.  The sight of the whole CGS community cheering them home will, I am sure, be something very special.  An invitation will follow next half term.


I very much enjoyed my meeting with a group of students yesterday to congratulate them on their achievements.  Ore in Year 9 recently passed her Grade 7 violin exam while Caspar in Year 10 achieved a distinction in his Grade 5 LAMDA exam, both superb achievements.  Oscar in Year 8 won two Silvers and a Bronze in the 100m, 200m and 300m in the U15 Herts County Athletics Championship earlier this month.  Also on the theme of running, Ernest in Year 8 came 3rd in a 5km run in Little Gaddesden recently.  Well done to them both.  It was with pride that I presented Tejas and Carys in Year 7 and Elizabeth in Year 12 with their House point awards.  Tejas and Carys have already accrued more than 200 this year with Elizabeth receiving a gold award.  Israa in the Sixth Form entered the Unsung Heroes of Science Competition along with Rachel, also in our Sixth Form.  Their video was shortlisted and they have been invited to Oxford University for the awards ceremony in July.  The most watched video will win the Audience Choice award so if you have a couple of minutes to spare and would like to learn something please visit and watch their video on Henrietta Lacks.  Well done, Israa and Rachel and good luck.  Let's see if we can help you to win!  Last but by no means least, Tobin in Year 8 finished in the top 50 in the whole country in a Maths Olympiad recently, winning a medal and a book.  Fantastic!


Next half term, there is a great deal to look forward to including activity week when a huge number of visits and activities will be taking place for Years 7 - 10 including a number of overseas residentials.  Year 8 students are off on a language visit to France, Spain or Germany for example.  This all takes a huge amount of organisation and co-ordination and I would like to thank Miss Wright who has masterminded the week as well as all those staff who are leading or accompanying the visits and activities.  I am sure the students will have some experiences to remember.  We also have our House Performing Arts Competition, Summer Music Concert as well as induction days for those joining us in Year 7 and Year 12 in September to name but a few.  The half term will pass by in a flash!


With best wishes for a relaxing weekend, 

Annmarie McNaney