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what's happening at Chesham Grammar

Posted on: June 30th 2017

Head's Blog

Dear Parent,

As we hurtle towards the end of term, there is a huge amount going on at CGS.  Our Year 12 biologists left this morning for their fieldwork weekend in South Wales while some of our Year 10 historians are currently in Berlin where, judging from the photos on Twitter, it is rather soggy.  We have another group of Year 10 historians gearing up for their trip to Vietnam as well as a good number of Year 12s preparing for their expedition of a lifetime to Borneo.  Added to this, we have dozens of students in each House preparing for House Performing Arts on Wednesday 12th July.  This is always led by the student House Captains who do a remarkable job in a short space of time, having only recently returned after their AS level study leave.  We will of course throw into all of this Sports Day which has been rescheduled and will now take place next Friday, 7th July.  The same timings for the afternoon will apply so do please come if you wish to support this wonderful event.  When the PE Department took the decision on Tuesday morning to postpone the event, the forecast was for driving rain during the afternoon.  Of course as it turned out, it was dry until the end of the school day which was irritating.  Life would be much easier with a crystal ball!

Last night we held our induction evening for parents of those who will join us in Year 7 in September.  I am sure you can recall the excitement of your own child's transition to secondary school.  I would like to thank Caspar Collier Moore and Dabrowka Nowak in Year 7 who gave a most engaging, informative and interesting talk about their first year at CGS which really impressed the audience.  We are looking forward to meeting the class of 2024 when they come for their induction day on Tuesday and I know our existing students will give them the same warm welcome they experienced when they first visited the school.  We have also held our Sixth Form induction this week, welcoming back our own students as well as meeting those from other schools who are hoping to join us in Year 12 in September.

Many of you have placed an order with us for some of the uniform items we are selling at a discounted rate, following John Lewis's decision to stop selling it for us.  Much of the stock has now been sold so if you do want a new blazer, tie or school badge for September, do let us know.  We have sold out of some items, particularly the smaller girls' blazers and there is now limited stock of bigger sizes.  If you would like to order anything please get in touch via:  Can I also remind you that our uniform supplier is now Wheatleys in Amersham.

I enjoyed meeting with Scarlett Raffellini in Year 9 this week to present her with a cheque for £50 for her second place in the Copper Society's 'Uncover Copper' poster competition. Scarlett also won £250 for the school.  Very well done, Scarlett.

Those of you with a child in Year 13 who is taking a gap year may want to make him or her aware of the fact that we are looking to appoint gap year students for the next academic year at both Chesham Grammar School and Ivingswood Academy, the primary school in our Multi Academy Trust.  The appointed persons will be required to work 37 hours/week, term time only and will provide a wide range of administrative assistance and support across the school.  There are opportunities for being involved in project work and organising and running extra-curricular sports clubs.  For further information including an application form and job description/person specification, please contact indicating which school is of interest.  The closing date for applications is Monday 10th July at midday.

With very best wishes for a relaxing weekend,

Annmarie McNaney