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what's happening at Chesham Grammar

Posted on: November 22nd 2019

Head's Blog

Dear Parent,

As I write this, there is a hive of activity in the hall, where the Friends of Chesham Grammar School are setting up for the Christmas Craft Fair which takes place between 12pm and 3pm tomorrow.  Please do come along if you can.  The hamper stall is looking truly amazing as is alway the case and are sure to be very popular so come early on to have a chance of getting the pick of the bunch! It has taken hours for the FOCGS to create these hampers from your very generous donations. Thank you once again to those parents who have braved the cold to 'man' the collection point in the mornings and to those who have put the hampers together as well as for the many donations. I look forward to seeing you there.

During the afternoon today, Year 8s were treated to a live performance of Charles Dickens's 'A Christmas Carol' by Quantum Theatre which went down well.  It certainly is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas and as we head into the last school week of November, we are preparing for our annual Christmas Carol Service which is always a beautiful evening. Further details will follow. We are also preparing for our Christmas party for the elderly of Chesham. This is one of the highlights of the Autumn term and is attended by over 100 of the town's elderly residents. It is always with immense pride and pleasure that I watch the students, who volunteer to help in great numbers, serve, talk to and entertain our elderly guests. This takes place on Saturday December 14th this year. Please do encourage your child to volunteer; it is something the students also get a good deal from.

This week, we have been supporting the first ever ‘Discover! Creative Careers Week’, with lessons, activities, talks and workshops co-ordinated by Mrs Beck, our Careers Leader.  All of our creative departments have been involved with students learning about careers in this sector, one of the fastest growing, during lesson time and via a range of additional presentations outside of curriculum time.  We lost count of the times we heard comments such as 'I had no idea this sort of job was available!' Year 8s and 9s were fascinated by a session on careers in special effects while some of our Year 12s got to develop film-making skills using their own phone. Today, Year 8s heard from football commentator and sports broadcaster Jonathan Beck which was an inspiring end to the week. Huge thanks to Mrs Beck for leading this week and to the staff involved who have adapted their lessons or invited speakers in during the week. Our careers Twitter feed @cgsinspiration gives a good idea of the range of activities on offer during the week.

Those of you with a child on the battlefields visit will probably have been keeping an eye on another of the school's Twitter accounts, @cgshistory. This has chronicled the events of the last two days during which half of our Year 9 students have been visiting the battlefields and major sites of World War 1.  The visit for the other half of the year departs in a fortnight.  There is no better way to help the students understand World War 1 and this visit and the experiences it offers, such as attending The Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres, are remembered by the students for many years. The group took a moment to lay a wreath on behalf of the CGS community at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing earlier today which is something we do every year. As ever, thank you to the staff who organised and accompanied the visit, without whom the students would only be able to learn about World War 1 from a textbook. 

It has been another active week for those who represent the school in sport. Our Year 7 netball teams won one and lost one, while our U15 girls continued their success on the football pitch, notching up another victory. Year 9 boys also continued their success with a 36-9 win in basketball and a 36-12 victory in their County Cup game v Sir William Borlase's Grammar School. Year 10s also won in basketball and rugby, with scores of 34-22 in the former and 24-19 in the latter v Burnham Grammar School. Not to be outdone, our senior students won their basketball match v Beaconsfield School 65-22 and their rugby game 66-0 v Longdean School. Very well done to all. 

It has been good to see our students start to use our new outdoor food servery and covered seating area in the quad, funded by the Friends of CGS.  This has made a huge difference and is also helping to ease congestion in the dining room.  I am most grateful to the FOCGS who have provided us with something students have wanted for many years and which will be enjoyed by generations of students to come.  There is now a nice big undercover space, right in the heart of the school, for students to sit and eat, talk or in some cases play board games, during break and lunchtimes. This will be well used in rain and shine! Mr Patteson and I brave the cold on duty every lunchtime and have really enjoyed seeing the area in full swing for the first time this week.

With best wishes for a relaxing weekend,

Annmarie McNaney
Headteacher