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what's happening at Chesham Grammar

Posted on: July 19th 2019

Head's Blog

Dear Parent,

We have just said a last 'goodbye' to your children who have now started their long summer break.

The academic year has gone in a flash and, talking to the students this week, it is not just me who feels that.  So much has been achieved and in our final assembly today I shared the highlights of the school year with the students.  It has been a year of significant successes, in and out of the classroom.  The students have enjoyed some wonderful experiences with a simply breathtaking array of visits taking place across the year. There have also been a huge number of sporting successes as well as music and drama events to name but a few.  I know I always say how grateful I am to the staff and I make no apology for repeating this at the end of the year. Without their dedication and commitment, none of this would be possible.

We had a lovely Junior Prizegiving event on Monday evening and it was with pride that I watched our students receive their prizes for effort or progress across the year. The guest speaker was an ex student, Emily, who left CGS in 2014 and went on to read Architecture at Cambridge University. Emily's address was excellent and it is attached with this email as a number of parents asked for a copy of it.  Her messages echo those we talk to our students about on a regular basis so do have a read and discuss with your child if you have a moment over the summer.  On Wednesday we held our final event of the school year, House Performing Arts. This was a wonderful evening of music, drama and dance, led entirely by the students themselves.  The Year 12s have overseen the auditions and rehearsals and the pride they felt in the work of the younger students they have worked with and supported was evident on the night. Well done to all involved and to Darwin House, the overall winners. Darwin also won the overall House Competition, retaining their title, and the House Captains were presented with the Cup in assembly today.

During the week, I have met with lots of students. Happy 12th birthday to the following Year 7s: Edward, Kamal, Kez, Georgia, Emma, Maddie, Patsy, Martha, Luca, Katie, Emilia, Jacob, Mia, Beatrice, Rose and Rohan.  Congratulations to Will, Finlay, Osian, Alexei, Daniel, Izzi and Phoebe in Year 10 who have passed their Technical Theatre Arts Level 1 qualification. Well done to Maddie, Emma, Oliver, Sahithi, Lucia, Bea and Lily in Year 7 and Elly in Year 8 who have all been awarded more than 200 House points this year.  Ruby in Year 8 recently received her Queens Guide Award while Lily in Year 7 has passed her grade 4 flute exam with merit. Rohan in Year 8 made a superb film about India, inspired by the work he was doing on 'rich world, poor world' in geography and Nic in Year 12 recently gained a First Class Distinction in his first ever LAMDA exam which was the Level 8 Gold Award. Excellent! Curtis in Year 9 is proud to have been named Cadet of the Year from his Squadron, 2204 Chesham and Amersham.  I was pleased to present the winners of the Year 7 CGS round of the National Enterprise Challenge with their certificates. They were unable to attend the finals at Wembley last week as they were on their residentials. Well done to: Henry, Daisy, Shudhit, Maddie, Oliver and Lily.  I also met with the Year 10 winners who won the National Final of the Enterprise Challenge at Wembley last week. They are: Danny, Catherine, Daniel, Tilly and Aayush. Lauren and Tahlia were also in the team but were unable to travel to Wembley as they were on the GCSE Spanish visit to Salamanca. On the same day I congratulated the Year 9s who won the Go4SET overall competition last week. They are: Michael. Priya, Imogen, James and Freddie. Pranav , Charlie, Zach and Mark in Year 9 recently won the Bucks and Milton Keynes County School Games in table tennis. From the same table tennis club at school, Alice in Year 8 has been named 'most improved player' with Sam in Year 7 being commended for his excellent commitment and Lilly in Year 7 named the player who has made the 'most consistent improvement' this year. Libby in Year 7 has been selected to play in the Middlesex County netball squad and also for the Bucks County squad, an excellent achievement. Finally, Miss Houghton asked me to see Lauren and Megan in Year 10 because of their outstanding commitment to their House, Darwin, this year. They have got involved in absolutely everything and she has been hugely impressed by their positivity, dedication and kindness.  Well done to all these students.

I am really proud of everything which has happened in the school this year and of the many achievements of the students.  We sign off now for the summer. I know I will see many of you on either the GCSE or A level results days next month and we look forward to welcoming the students back on 4th September for those going into Year 12 (Year 7 will also be in) and on 5th for everyone else.

I would like to thank you all for your support of the school and your children over the course of the year. I wish all your children a much needed and enjoyable summer break.

Best wishes,

Annmarie McNaney
Headteacher