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Well, we have finally reached the end of the longest half term of the year and I know that the staff and students are ready for a much needed break. It has been a very busy and successful half term. A huge amount has been achieved and undertaken, from numerous extra curricular visits and opportunities at home and abroad to successes in the fields of music, drama and sport and all this on top of all that goes on as a matter of routine on a daily basis within the school. I would like to congratulate our students who have made such a superb contribution to the school and to the staff without whose commitment, hard work and dedication the students would not have access to the excellent opportunities they are offered at CGS.
Yesterday, around 50 Year 13 students studying A level history, politics and/or sociology accompanied by 5 members of staff, departed for Heathrow from where they boarded a plane bound for Washington DC. They will spend most of the next week in Washington and New York. Having accompanied this visit myself in the recent past, I know that they will have a truly amazing experience. We also have another visit going out this week. Year 11 GCSE art students and their teachers are heading to Amsterdam and I am sure that they will also have an enriching and highly memorable visit. As ever, thank you to the staff who are giving up their holiday to give the students these opportunities.
On Wednesday, we held an Open Morning for Year 6 parents and children who received their 11+ results last Friday and who now need to submit their school choices so that they could have a last look at CGS before deciding whether to apply for a place. I feel it is important to give parents the opportunity to see the school in action during the school day wherever possible. As ever, our Sixth Form guides did an excellent job of promoting the school; thank you to them.
Happy birthday to Kiera, Aurelia and Lucas in Year 7 who turned 12 this week and congratulations to Grace and Abdullah in Year 13 who recently celebrated their 18th birthday. I have also met with a number of students to say ‘well done’ this week. Rosie in Year 7 brought her gold and bronze medals to show me, both won in a Taekwondo tournament recently. Huw in Year 8 passed his clarinet grade 3 and piano grade 4 with merit with both exams taking place on the same day! Imogen in Year 10 entered her first 10k race recently, the Herts 10k in Harpenden. She was the first female U16 to finish in a time of 53:20. William in Year 7 was asked to write a Shakespearean sonnet in English and his teacher, Mrs Stevens, was so impressed that she thought I would like to read it and to see William. Finally, James, Dylan and Archie in Year 11 paid a recent visit to the home of cricket, Lord’s, to be presented with their Young Leaders in Cricket award. They are members of Ley Hill Cricket Club and had to undertake numerous courses and 25 or more hours of volunteering to gain the award. They also raised a significant amount of money to support the scheme so that others can benefit from it in future. Very well done to them all. Well done too to the Year 9 football team who secured their place in the quarter finals of the County Cup this week. There have been numerous other sporting successes during the week for both boys and girls. Well done.
I am proud to announce that the final total we raised for Liberty’s Legacy last month was £2587. Next half term Darwin House will lead our fundraising for Children in Need and we will also be supporting the Royal British Legion’s annual poppy appeal in the first week back after half term, in the run-up to our Remembrance assemblies on Friday 8th November.
We return to school on Monday, 4th November. In the meantime, I wish the whole CGS community a relaxing half-term break.