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what's happening at Chesham Grammar

Posted on: December 9th 2016

Head's Blog

Dear Parent,

Last Friday, I attended our school production of The Secret Garden which was superb.  I felt enormously proud of our students who performed or supported brilliantly.  An enormous amount of hard work and practice had clearly gone into the play from the students themselves and of course from Miss May who not only directed but wrote it and I would like to congratulate and thank her in equal measure.  I must also mention Mr Biddle who made several very lifelike and hugely impressive puppets for the play.  

Can I thank you for the wonderful response to our request for donations for the Chesham Toybank and for our Old People's Christmas Party.  Your generosity is very much appreciated and will make a big difference to some local children who will now be able to receive a present this Christmas and to the elderly who will attend the party here tomorrow.  We have over 100 local residents coming with many of our students volunteering to help.  The party itself has been co-ordinated by two members of staff, Rachel Baillie and Karen McKenzie.  Many other staff are assisting and I am hugely grateful to them all for giving up the day to ensure that our visitors have an enjoyable time.

This week I have enjoyed meeting a number of students to recognise and celebrate their achievements outside of school.  Three girls have recently competed in the ISTD National Grand Finals.  Grace Beckett in Year 11, Maria Barnes and Rebecca Evans in Year 13 are all now national champions, Grace in U16 disco freestyle and rock 'n' roll and Maria and Rebecca also in rock 'n' roll in the over 16 age group.  Well done girls.  Well done too to Evie Horridge in Year 8 who competed at the IDTA National Ballroom and Latin Dance Championships in Blackpool recently, thoroughly enjoying the whole experience.  Alfie Bouchier in Year 10 has been selected for the Bucks U15 County Rugby Squad this season as well as for the Wasps development programme and now trains with them weekly.  Holly Levine in Year 7 has also been selected for a County squad, in her case for the U13 hockey squad.  Well done to Alfie and Holly.  Finally, well done to Arthur Langley in Year 7 who competed in the Grimms Dyke hike.  He came second, wining the Misbourne Trophy and finishing closely behind the winners but 45 minutes ahead of anyone else.  Congratulations to them all.

As usual, I have met with a group of Year 7s who are celebrating their 12th birthday for birthday tea.  This week, those students were: Amy Beilby, Dabrowka Nowak, Tilly Schoenfeld, Kit Antrobus, Avantika Minhas and Jacob D'Cunha.  Those in Year 13 with whom I met to congratulate them on their 18th birthday were: Alex Marsh, Charlotte Martin, Jake Choules, Rebecka Hynes, Yasmin Parekh, Edmund Wignall, Maura Hawkes and Meggie Pendered.  Happy birthday to them all.

It was good to meet many of those parents with a child in Year 10 at our progress evening last night.  I know from conversations with some of you that you really do value the opportunity to sit down with your child and his or her teachers to discuss performance so far and to identify what needs to be done to lead to further improvements.  I also know that those of you with a child in Year 11 have been in during the last fortnight to meet with your son or daughter's tutor for the annual academic tutorial and I hope you found this equally valuable.

The last week of term is no less busy than the rest of the term has been! We have our Senior Prizegiving on Wednesday night and the final event of the term is Christmas in Words and Music on Thursday night at Broadway Baptist Church.  This is for me one of the highlights of the school year so please do let us know if you would like tickets.  We finish for Christmas next Friday at 2.20pm.  The school coaches will leave at 2.30pm.  If your child gets home using public transport, please do check the timetables to ensure that your child knows what time bus or train she or he will need to catch.  

With best wishes for a relaxing weekend,

Annmarie McNaney
Headteacher