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what's happening at Chesham Grammar

Posted on: February 5th 2016

Head's Blog

Dear Parent,

Today, our Year 9 basketball County Cup Champions take on St Columba's, the Herts County Cup winners.  Unfortunately I am unable to attend as I am away on a Head's conference but I wish them all the best and look forward to hearing about the match on Monday.

This week, it was good to see so many Year 11 parents and students engaged in conversation with teachers during parents' evening on Tuesday.  I know from discussions I had with a good number of you that you valued the opportunity to discuss your child's progress at this crucial stage and I hope you left with a clear understanding of what it is your child needs to do in order to get the grade s/he is capable of.  If you were unable to make it on Tuesday, please do get in touch if there are issues you would like to discuss.

During the week, members of the SLT have been seeing each student in Year 11 individually to discuss current progress and performance and future plans.  We have also given each student his or her statement of entry for the summer exams which I hope has found its way home to you.  This shows when all your child's exams are so that s/he can start to plan a revision timetable. We are just finalising study leave dates for Years 11 - 13 and these will come home to you next week.  As half term approaches, I would urge you to talk to your child about revision and about the need to plan this carefully so that s/he is not trying to cram in the last week or so before exams begin.

This week I have met three Year 13s who have turned 18: Dan Martell, Lucie Glennie and Ellen Turnham.  Congratulations.  I also enjoyed congratulating Emily Scott and Max Chavda in Year 9 who conducted such a wonderful tour of the school during their day on reception duty that the parent concerned wrote to tell me about them.  Our students are always our best ambassadors and I am very proud of Max and Emily.  I am equally proud of Levi Lovelock who came to see me following his participation in the Mace Public Speaking Competition. He was the youngest competitor and acquitted himself very well.

On Thursday, Year 13 students attended a seminar run by 'Elevate Education' aimed at helping them to think about what they need to do over the next few months to do the best they can. I hope they found it useful.

Year 12 students have started their mock exams today and I wish them all well.

Over the next week, dozens of students will be packing and preparing for the residential trips which are going out over half term. Fifty students right across the school are heading off to Austria on the ski trip, while others are off on an art trip to Venice or a Spanish trip. I would like to thank the staff in advance for all their hard work in organising and running these trips and for giving our students such wonderful opportunities.

With best wishes for a relaxing weekend.

Annmarie McNaney   
Headteacher