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what's happening at Chesham Grammar

Posted on: July 1st 2016

Head's Blog

Dear Parent,

As usual at this time of year, people outside education have already started to ask me if we have started to wind down for the end of term.  Nothing could be further from the truth! 

Earlier this week, the finals of the National Enterprise Challenge were held in Doncaster and two teams of Year 10s and two of Year 7s from CGS made the journey, having made it through to the finals.  All groups acquitted themselves very well and they thoroughly enjoyed the experience which involved, for some of them, presenting to 1500 people.  One of our Year 7 teams were runners up and I would like to congratulate them in particular but also to say well done to all the participants and thank you to the staff who helped them prepare for it.  Miss Thoday was nominated for the award of 'Most Enterprising Teacher' and I am delighted to tell you that she won so all in all a very successful day for CGS.  Well done, Miss Thoday.

On Monday, eleven Year 7 girls and one Year 9 participated in the end of season District Cricket Tournament at Chesham Cricket Club.  We entered two teams and were the overall winners, beating Dr Challoner's High School in the final. Congratulations girls.  Our Year 9 boys' cricket team played in the semi final of the County Cup this week.  Rain stopped play and the boys were gutted as, using the Duckworth-Lewis method, their opponents, John Hampden Grammar School, were declared the winners. 

Last night, we held our induction evening for the parents of those students who will join the school in Year 7 in September.  My thanks to Mr Pierce who organised it.  Although some of the faces were familiar because some existing parents have a younger child joining the school, most were not.  Around 150 new families will join the CGS community in September and it is always good to meet them at the start of their seven year journey with us.  There was a palpable sense of excitement amongst the parents as well as the usual dose of anxiety and nerves especially amongst those for whom it is the eldest child who is about to go through the rite of passage and move from primary to secondary school.  We look forward to welcoming their children to the school on induction day on Tuesday, July 12th

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, we held our Sixth Form induction.  Our own Year 11s were joined by over 100 students from other schools who hope to join us in Year 12 in September.  This is another rite of passage and it is always a lovely moment when students who have been wearing our uniform for five years reappear in their suits looking very mature and stylish.  My thanks to Mr Wescomb who led this event as Director of Sixth Form.

This week I have had the pleasure of meeting a good number of students who have accrued more than 200 House Points this year.  They are: Annabel Keeble, Alex Connolly and Emily Scott in Year 9, Ella Weaver and Kitty Biddle in Year 8 and Madeleine Hearth, Anna Lynch, Rosie Adams and Joel Biju in Year 7.  This is a superb achievement; well done to them all. 

I would like to remind you of some key school events which take place between now and the end of term.  This evening from 3.45 to 7.30pm and tomorrow between 12 and 4pm, the A level art and photography exhibition takes place in the art gallery and D1.  I would urge you to come along if you can as the quality of the work the students have produced is phenomenal.   My thanks to the art department who have worked very hard to set up the exhibition and who have inspired the students to produce such outstanding final pieces.

This Monday, July 4th, we will be holding our Sports Day which is always one of the highlights of the summer term.  I thoroughly enjoy watching the students compete (almost every student takes part in at least one event) and it is a unique blend of fierce competition and good humoured fun. 

On Monday 11th July, we are holding our annual House Music Competition followed by House Drama on Wednesday.  These are always superb events which showcase the talent of our students as well as the leadership skills of the Sixth Form students who organise their House's entries.  Tickets for both are available on a first come, first served basis through ParentPay.  

Very early yesterday morning, the first of our Year 10 history trips to Berlin departed at 2.45am.  I was not there to wave them off!  I am retweeting many of the photos on the main school Twitter account @CGSBucks.  The second trip departs in the last week of term. 

Finally, you will have seen in the press that the National Union of Teachers is taking strike action on Tuesday 5th July. Chesham Grammar School will be open to all students all day as normal.  Further, more detailed, information will follow on Monday.

With best wishes for a relaxing weekend,

Annmarie McNaney
Headteacher