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what's happening at Chesham Grammar

Posted on: December 2nd 2016

Head's Blog

Dear Parent,

Well, here we are, already in December, with just two weeks to go before the end of term.  The term has flown by and has been incredibly busy.  Last night, we had the first performance of 'The Secret Garden' which I hear went very well.  I am really looking forward to watching it myself this evening. I know Miss May and the cast have worked incredibly hard and I would like to thank them all for the many hours they have spent in preparation for their four performance run.  There are still some tickets available on the door so if you would like to come tonight, tomorrow afternoon or tomorrow night, please do.

You may be aware that the way in which the Government compares the performance of schools in its league tables has changed recently.  It now uses a measure called 'progress 8' which judges the progress students have made between KS2 and KS4, comparing performance in Year 6 SATS with GCSE grades.  The calculation is a very complex one but seeks to compare how students of the same ability perform in different schools, thus identifying the progress the school has helped such students to make.  I am pleased to tell you that the rankings for the 13 Bucks grammar schools show CGS in fourth place and that we are the highest performing co-educational grammar school according to this measure.  This is testament to the hard work and commitment of our students and staff and to the huge support you as parents give to your children. I hope you are equally pleased.

I am also pleased to report that our poppy appeal last month raised £566.67.  This means that so far this term, our students have raised over £3,000 for charities.  As Christmas approaches, we encourage the students to think about those for whom Christmas may not be a particularly happy time of year.  We will be supporting the Save the Children charity by holding a Christmas jumper day, led by Shakespeare House, on the last day of term and asking students to make a donation.  We have also been contacted by another local charity, the Chesham Toy Bank which we are also delighted to be able to support.  This charity provides children living under the poverty line in Chesham and the surrounding area with a Christmas present.  There are approximately 500 children who, without The Toy Bank's help, may not receive a Christmas gift this year.  Each day next week we'll be collecting brand new or clean, perfect, pre-loved toys, games, gifts and toiletries suitable for children ages 0 to 18 so if you are having a clear out at any point in the next few days please do consider sending anything suitable into school so that our students can support other children in the local area.  If you would like more information or if you know of a family who may need additional support this Christmas and would like to register with the Toy Bank, please go to www.toybank.co.uk or email development@cheshamgrammar.org.  Thank you.

I would like to congratulate our swimmers who represented the school and the South East region at the London Aquatics Centre to compete in the English Schools Secondary Schools Team Relay National Finals the weekend before last.  The Senior girls' team took part and swam well in both of their events.  The Intermediate and Senior boys also qualified though were unable to take part as a number of students were previously committed to a British qualifying meet with others from the team being away on the German Exchange!

This week, I have met the following Year 7s who have recently celebrated their 12th birthday: Eleanor McElwee, Hannah O'Farrell, Lottie Lewis, Casey Mulkern, Sam Friend, Thomas Hawkins, Andrew Lavin, Freddy Bowden, Pranav Gudipati, Ollie Cadge and Jeremy Stafford.  I have also met William Storey, Yusuf Fahy, Natasha Manro, Ollie Hughes, Ben Miller, Aimée Baillie, Andrei Nistor, Sara Abulhawa and Rhiannon Jones in Year 13 to congratulate them on their 18th birthday.  Happy birthday to them all. 

With best wishes for a very relaxing weekend,

Annmarie McNaney
Headteacher