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what's happening at Chesham Grammar

Posted on: April 29th 2016

Head's Blog

Dear Parent,

Thank you to those of you who came to or helped at the Spring Fair last Sunday. As always, it was a wonderful event and I was delighted to see so many parents and students here supporting us. Well done to the Year 7 students whose stalls were popular and fun. They had worked really hard to bring their ideas to fruition and I know this took a good deal of effort on behalf of their parents too; thank you. We are still waiting on a final total; I will pass this on as soon as I hear but we are hopeful that it will be impressive! I would like to reiterate my thanks to the FOCGS without whose hard work and dedication the event would not have taken place.

Last week, I talked about our 'Shakespeare 400' celebrations and I hope you have seen some of the tutor group entries on our Twitter feed (@CGSBucks). On the same theme, I would like to congratulate Mr Wescomb and his tutor group, F10, who decided to run a 'Cakespeare' stall during the week preceding the anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Each day, they sold cakes bearing quotes from Shakespeare's plays. This was very successful and enabled them to raise £120 for a charity called The Book Bus which provides books to schools in Zambia, Malawi and Ecuador. I am proud of their achievement and would like to say a huge thank you to them all.

This week, Year 11 students have been signing up for their revision week which begins next Friday, 6th May. I can barely believe that we have hit that time of year when students in Years 11 - 13 commence their study leave; it has flown by. On the theme of examinations, Mr Patteson is putting together a detailed revision list for students in Years 7 - 10 so that they know exactly what they need to revise and also what format each exam will take, well in advance. This will be sent home to parents so that you know too and can support your child during the revision period.

This week, I have enjoyed my now habitual birthday teas with Year 7 and 13 students. Those in Year 7 are: Matthew Barnett, Sophie Armstrong, Aparna Karthikanand and Prashna Jogiya. I especially enjoyed hearing from Sophie about her involvement in the Queen's visit to Berkhamsted next week. Sophie is in the choir at St Peter's Church and will be performing for Her Majesty a week today. A number of other students across the school are involved in one way or another and I am very much looking forward to hearing all about this after the event. My Year 13 guests this week were: Maryam Jellal, Ellie Meekings, Rob Hodgins, Haydn Stevens, Meg Bright, Josh Gerrard and James Bale. Congratulations on your 18th birthday.

I met with three students in Year 10 who undertook work experience at Silverson during half term and who impressed the Company Training Director so much that he wrote to tell us. They were Freddie Causton, Monty Dunn and Yuwei Zhu. I also met Lavinia Phelan in Year 12 who has just completed the Qualified Aerospace Instructor Course with the RAF Air Cadets and with brother and sister, Jonathan and Claire Below. Claire in Year 13 is a member of the National Scout and Guide Symphony Orchestra for the third year running while Jonathan in Year 9 has been accepted as a member of their Wind Band in its inaugural year. Well done to you all.

Last Friday, a group of students in Year 9 participated in the Model United Nations in Aylesbury. They acquitted themselves well and gained a good deal from the experience during which they had to work with students from other schools to represent one of the countries in the UN and come up with a resolution to the migrant crisis. During the day, they listened to an interesting talk by John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons and MP for Buckingham. The students involved were: Tobey Spriggs, Matthew Redlich, Joseph Brimicombe, Joseph Grindrod, Samuel Clark, Emily Scott, Annabel Keeble, Charis Lister and Grace Taylor. Miss Elford who prepared the group and accompanied them on the day was very proud of them; they were confident and articulate and conducted themselves impeccably throughout. Well done.

I know a good number of our students are involved in club rugby or football tours this weekend. I have spoken to several such students this week and they certainly seem to be quite excited. There are some interesting tour themes it would seem, from 'cowboys and Indians' to 'high vis and safety wear'. The mind boggles! To those of you involved in long journeys either way, I wish you luck with the bank holiday traffic.

With best wishes for a long and relaxing weekend,

Annmarie McNaney
Headteacher