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what's happening at Chesham Grammar

Posted on: October 6th 2017

Head's Blog

Dear Parent,

From the pictures I have seen on Twitter, it seems that the sun is shining in France and Belgium which is good news for our Year 9s who are visiting the Battlefields of World War 1.  Half of the year group has gone this week, the other half visited last week and I know from conversations with the students who went on the first trip that they found the visit enlightening, interesting and sobering.  Experiences like this significantly enhance the learning of the students and, in a subject like history where empathy is a key skill, they really help the students to understand what it is they have been reading and talking about in lessons.  Taking so many students away is a massive undertaking and I would like to thank Mr Josephson who has organised the battlefields trips this year as well as those staff who accompanied the visit.  Thanks too to the staff who took Sixth Form students of English to Stratford on Avon last weekend. By all accounts they also had a superb trip. 

I have met with lots of Year 7s who have celebrated a birthday over the last week or so.  Happy birthday to: Ella Vyas, Madeleine Jeavons, Anna Mateeva, Ellie Wiseman, Aariyan Patel, Evan Perkins, Imogen Strowger, Jackson Miller, Jamie Harrison, William Fairley, Bruno Allsop and William Burrows.  I also enjoyed meeting a group of students to congratulate them on their out of school achievements.  Caspar Collier-Moore in Year 8, Katrina Hawes in Year 13 and Isabella Thathapudi in Year 10 took part in the Beacon’s performance of Guys and Dolls over the summer.  All three were, by all accounts, brilliant.  Asha Gadia in Year 7 walked 18 miles recently to raise money for Rennie Grove Hospice Care.  Cara Wardle in Year 13 has been selected for the England U18 rugby squad and has also been selected for a Sport England Scholarship.  Dan Eckersley in Year 11  was also selected for England Rugby trials and has gained a place in the England Academy.  Very well done to them all on their superb achievements.

You may have heard that our school production this year is going to be Grease.  This has generated a huge amount of excitement amongst the students and I know that lots of them are attending the auditions which are currently taking place.  Best of luck to all those involved.  Grease will be staged in the Spring term and further information will follow.  Many thanks to staff in the Drama and Music Departments who will be spending hours preparing the students for this over the next few months. 

This evening the Friends of Chesham Grammar School are holding their first fundraising event of the year, a disco for Year 7 and 8 students.  This is always a huge success and I would like to thank the FOCGS for their support.  We have two new Chairs this year, Amanda Arnold and Sue Valentine, who are doing a great job.  The Quiz Night on November 3rd has proved very popular and is already sold out. The other event the FOCGS run this term is the Christmas Fair and they are already collecting items for the hampers which are always eagerly awaited!

Next week, we have our first House event, Winter House Sport, which involves every student in the school.  Our House events are always fiercely competitive and I know that the students really enjoy them.  I look forward to being able to announce the winning House in the next week or so.

Finally, you will have received information about how to order the whole school photograph which was taken to record our 70th anniversary.  The next whole school picture will be taken in 2022 when CGS is 75, by which time most students currently in the school will have left so do order one if you would like a photographic record of your child’s time at CGS.

With best wishes for a relaxing weekend,

Annmarie McNaney
Headteacher