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what's happening at Chesham Grammar

Posted on: November 29th 2019

Head's Blog

Dear Parent,

It was good to see so many of you at the Friends of CGS Christmas Craft Fair last Saturday. I am sure you will agree it was a lovely event. All 125 of the beautiful hampers were sold in record time with the tombola a huge success too.  There was music from some of our students who busked for the duration of the Fair, raising money for the Music Department.  Well done and thank you to them and of course to all the Committee members and parents who helped before, during and after the event. The FOCGS have asked me to remind parents, especially pertinent given it is 'Black Friday', that CGS is registered at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/ and https://www.thegivingmachine.co.uk/.  In both cases, there is a donation given to the school for each purchase made via the site. There is now also the option to use Amazon Smile to raise money for the school. This costs nothing for the Amazon purchaser but means that 0.5% of the value of every purchase is given to the school. With so many of us using Amazon, I am sure, this is a quick and easy way to raise money for the FOCGS and therefore for the school so do please consider using it.


During the week, there has, as usual, been a great deal going on.  Year 10 GCSE Drama students went to watch the spine chilling 'The Woman in Black' at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury while Year 12 A level Art students visited an exhibition by Anthony Gormley at The Royal Academy before moving on to the National Portrait Gallery. Three of our Year 13 physicists, Eve, Naomi and Kamil, have attended the Young Scientist of the Year Awards and Year 11 GCSE geographers spent Monday undertaking some field work in the rain in Watford. During the week, Chiltern Foodbank came to pick up all the food We Club, led my Mrs Raskeh, has been collecting. This amounted to almost 150 kilos and the Foodbank staff have told us that this will feed over 20 people in the coming months.  Thank you to all those students involved in We Club and to those of you who have sent food in for this collection. Last night we welcomed Year 13 parents and students to Progress Evening and for some parents, this was their last formal parents' event given this is their child's last year in the school. I hope you found the conversations about what needs to be done to prepare for mock and summer exams useful.  

You will know that we take student safeguarding very seriously and I would ask that parents collecting a child after an extra curricular activity pull into the slip road at the front of school so that your child can wait for you inside our gates, exiting the school site only when you arrive. Some students tend to wait outside the school site right next to the road or by the Leisure Centre where we do not feel they are as safe as we would like, especially at this time of year when it gets dark so early.  If they stay inside our gates, they are safe until a parent comes to pick them up. Thank you.

I was delighted to receive a letter from the Chess Valley U3A about the talk delivered on civil rights in the USA by three Year 13 students of A level History, Charis, Georgina and Nic. A presentation to the U3A is something our Year 13s undertake every year and they never fail to impress the audience.  The letter I received said, "the quality and depth of their research and detailed understanding was very impressive. They faced some challenging questions and their informed, intelligent responses were excellent...Charis, Georgina and Nic were top quality ambassadors for your school".  I look forward to hearing about the questions they were asked when I meet with the three students next week. Very well done to them.  

This week, we have dealt with an incident in PE involving some silly behaviour with cans of deodorant.  These can obviously be dangerous but can also present a risk to those who suffer from asthma and I would ask that you remind your child not to bring aerosol cans into school.

One of our parents who works for Microsoft has given us details of a Microsoft event aimed at encouraging girls into science and technology called DigiGirlz. This will take place in Cambridge on February 6th 2020 and online registration is required. If your daughter is interested please register at: https://www.microsoftevents.com/profile/8542021

There has been much success in sport this week.  Highlights include an excellent win for the Year 10 basketball squad with a 36-29 victory over Chalfonts Community College, with Tom scoring half of the team's points. Our U16 girls continued their fine winning streak with a 9-2 win over Dr Challoner's High School. There were also wins in netball, draws in rugby and a narrow loss for our newly formed squash team. Our table tennis teams did brilliantly at the Bucks County Championships. We took 5 teams with our U13 girls, U16 girls and U16 boys winning their event. They are now Bucks County Champions and will go to the zonal finals next term.  U13 boys and U19 boys were runners-up in a very successful day, topped by Alice in Year 9 winning the U16 individual competition.  As you can tell, we have an active table tennis centre and I would like to thank Mr Miller, one of our parents who set up the CGS Table Tennis Centre, and all those who have helped to coach our students to this high standard. We look forward to more success in the next round. 

With best wishes for a relaxing weekend,

Annmarie McNaney
Headteacher