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Posted on: July 7th 2017

Head's Blog

Dear Parent,

As I write this, I can hear and see the students enjoying an early lunch time due to our sports day this afternoon.  I am very much looking forward to the usual mix of fierce competition and genuine fun as the House sporting competition for the year reaches its climax.  Many thanks to the staff who have organised and run this event and to those parents who are coming to support us.

Remaining on the sporting theme, congratulations to those students who competed in the Chiltern District Athletics Championships on Tuesday.  I am thrilled to be able to report that CGS won the mixed event and are the Champions.  There were some superb individual performances which I will report on next week when I have seen the students to congratulate them.  Well done to everyone who took part.

This week, I have met with a wide range of students.  Happy birthday to those in Year 7 who have recently turned 12.  They are: Doug Adlam, Josh Pike, Daniel St Louis-King and Hermione Leon.  I thoroughly enjoyed being able to congratulate those who have accrued more than 200 House points this year; what a superb achievement.  They are: Lucas Salinger, Daisy Adderley, Dabrowka Nowak, Shruthi Ravichandran, Emily Pearce, Elly Thornborrow, Ellie- Mai Lothian, Ethan Dowley, Millie Merifield, Thomas Dalgas, Aadityan Sooriyakumar and William Sandy.  Well done. Congratulations, too, to those students I met this morning to award gold certificates from one of the UK Maths Challenges which they took part in earlier this term.  They are: Matilda Wood, Finlay Lambert, Alice Burlingham, Matthew Fleming, Jacob Gardner, Rafael Conde, Ethan Gardner, Michael Joyce, Emile Brellier, Jeremy Stafford, Charles Stafford, Michael McDonagh, Krishan Patel, Aruran Nallanathan, Krishna Chivukula, Ethan Holmes, James Earle, Oliver MacAlister, Prashna Jogiya, Neta Margoninski Morrag, Simran Ruparelia.

An extra special ‘well done’ to Charles Stafford, Neta Margoninski Morrag and Ethan Holmes who were also awarded a ‘Best in Year’ certificate.

On Tuesday of next week, a number of Year 12 students and several members of staff leave for Borneo.  They will spend three weeks in Borneo involved in various activities from trekking to undertaking a community project and I know that they will have an amazing experience.  I look forward to hearing all about the expedition when the students return.

I have enjoyed Wimbledon so far (what I have been able to see of it, anyway!) and it was good to see one of our ex-students, Katy Dunne, playing in both the singles and the doubles tournaments.  Good luck to Ben Pierleoni who is out of school next week taking part in the U16 Scottish and English Golf Championships. 

Earlier this week, some of our students took part in the finals of the National Enterprise Challenge in Telford.  The standard was incredibly high.  The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and performed well.  Although they did not win, they were featured in a BBC Birmingham TV Report which was broadcast across the Midlands.  Well done to them all and thank you to the staff involved.  We also held our first STEM day for Year 8 students this week which was very successful.  I would like to thank the staff who set this up.

On Tuesday, we welcomed those children who will be joining us in Year 7 next year.  They had a really good day.  One child told his Mum at the end of the day that he can’t wait to come back in September because 'the whole place feels like it is on your side’ which was lovely to hear. I was proud of the way in which our current students looked after our new ones and the comment above is proof of how warm a welcome the Year 6s received from both students and staff.

Next week, we have House Performing Arts on Wednesday night and tickets are proving very popular.  This is always a superb event and I am very much looking forward to it.  Our final event of the year, Junior Prizegiving, takes place on Monday 17th July.  Parents of students who have been awarded prizes for effort and progress will receive an invitation over the weekend.  This is always a lovely end to the school year. 

STOP PRESS: I have just come back in from sports day and can report that Shakespeare was the winning House.

With very best wishes for a relaxing weekend,

Annmarie McNaney
Headteacher