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what's happening at Chesham Grammar

Posted on: November 15th 2019

Head's Blog

Dear Parent,

As I write this, your child has no doubt enjoyed a rare Friday off school!  All teaching staff have undertaken a visit to another school today.  We do this periodically and there is always a real buzz when staff return with good ideas and interesting things they have seen and I am looking forward to hearing about these next week.

I was delighted to be able to meet with Caspar in Year 10 and Amelia in Year 9 this week.  Caspar took part in the Marlow Festival of Music and Drama, performing a monologue for which he was awarded both a Distinction and a Silver Medal.  Well done.  Amelia was selected to play for the English Schools' Football Association South East U15 team and following their match against the South West last weekend, she has been selected to take part in the final stage of England U15 schoolgirl trials next month.  Wow!  We wish her every success.  While I am on the subject of football, you will know that we won the National Enterprise Challenge last year and that our winning team, Girls Get Goals, presented to the Board of the FA recently.  Following this they were invited to watch the England Lionesses take on Germany in the match at Wembley last Saturday, which was a sellout.  While they were sad not to see England win, they had a great time.  Girls' football is a real strength of CGS and we are reigning County Cup holders in all three age categories.  Sadly, we have not had the same success in securing sponsorship for kit for girls as we have had for boys.  If there is any parent who would be interested in sponsoring kit for our girls or would like to know more about this, please get in touch with our Development Director Martha Ware.  Her email address is:

Last Saturday, our Team of Junior Boys consisting of Euan, Archie, Adam and Will in Year 8 and Callum and Isaac in Year 7  ran in the regional round of the English Schools' Athletics Association Cross Country Cup - and won.  So they are now Regional as well as County Champions and will go on to represent the Region at the National Finals in Derbyshire on 7th December.  This is another fantastic achievement; we are most proud of the boys.  Other sporting successes this week include two excellent wins for the Year 7 A and B teams in hockey against Great Marlow School with the Bs winning 9-0 and the As 4-0 as well as victory for the Year 8 basketball team in their first County League match in which they beat Beaconsfield School 50-18.  Our 1st XI boys beat Teikyo School 5-4 in their County Cup match.  Well done to them all.  Finally, congratulations to our team made up of Eve and Kamil in Year 13 and twins Jeremy and Charles in Year 10 who took part in the regional round of the Senior Maths Team Challenge this week, narrowly losing out to AGS and coming a very close second.  Mr Thomas who accompanied them said they did very well indeed and were neck and neck with the winning team for much of the competition, some way ahead of teams from several other Bucks grammar schools. 

As parents will know, road safety has featured in my newsletter this term on a regular basis.  During the week, two of our Year 7s were hit by a car on their way home, both being thrown up into the air by the force of the impact. Mercifully, neither was seriously hurt because of the speed at which the car was travelling when it hit them but this is a sobering reminder to us all of the need to spell out to our children, both at home and school, the need for extreme caution when travelling to and from school.  I am very proud of four of our students who witnessed this accident and who behaved impeccably, calling an ambulance, looking after the two Year 7s who were obviously shocked and distressed and making contact with their parents.  I am very grateful to Max in Year 13 and to Emily, Hope and Isabel in Year 11.  Well done and thank you.

Year 11 have been undertaking their mock exams this week and we are pleased with the way in which they are approaching them.  Exams continue into the start of next week and we wish them all the best with those which remain.

Finally, do come along to our Christmas Fair next Saturday, 23rd, between 12pm and 3pm.  The Friends of CGS have been busy making up their hampers which are always a highlight of the event.  

With best wishes for a relaxing weekend,

Annmarie McNaney