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what's happening at Chesham Grammar

Posted on: October 13th 2017

Head's Blog

Dear Parent,

Can I start by reminding you that we finish for half term on Thursday of next week so the children are not in school next Friday.  We return – hopefully refreshed and well rested - on Monday 30th October. 

This week, A level art and photography students have visited Brighton as part of their course while A level psychologists visited the Freud Museum in London.  This morning, Years 8 and 9 experienced ‘Chelsea's Choice’, a powerful production highlighting the issue of child sexual exploitation.  The aim of the production is to give the students an awareness of this issue and also to give them the skills and knowledge to be able to protect themselves from this.  While it is quite hard hitting, it is always well received by the students and I am grateful to Ms Grice who organised this event.  Those of you with a child in the Sixth Form will know that we have an enrichment lecture series and this week, Year 12 heard from Jason from Addaction who talked frankly about addictions and how anyone affected can seek help.  He also gave them some advice about staying safe at festivals, which will have been useful given the numbers who attend music festivals these days.  Jason also talked to Year 8 parents last night at the end of our Information Evening.  It was good to see so many parents and the feedback we have received indicates that those who were here found it useful and informative.

This week, my Year 7 birthday tea attendees were: Hattie Wilkinson, Tom Brown, David Berry, Jake Pearce and Bea Levan.  In Year 13 they were: Archer Clayton, Larissa Gungah and Alice Blissett.  A very happy birthday to them all.  I also met with Maya Brown in Year 8 who was selected to sail as part of the British Junior team at the Irish Optimist Sailing Championships in Dublin in the summer.  Maya clearly had an amazing experience, working with the national coaches and taking part in the regatta.  Well done Maya.  Also in Year 8 is Myles Mentiply-Johnson who qualified to represent the Vale of Aylesbury in the Pony Club Regional Championships in dressage, show-jumping and eventing last month.  Myles’ team finished 3rd in the show jumping.  Well done.  Shreya Lad in Year 9 is to be congratulated on passing her grade 6 piano exam while James Daw in Year 9 ran in the Ley Hill 5k Challenge recently, finishing as the fastest child and coming 5th overall.  Very well done to them all.

This time last week, students in Year 7 and 8 were getting ready for the school disco.  I was here during the evening and it was obvious that the students were having an excellent time.  I would like to thank the FOCGS who organised it and, on their behalf, thank all the parent helpers who came along to help on the night. 

Our assemblies this week have focused on the theme of failure.  Miss Wright, our new Assistant Headteacher, gave an inspirational address on her own failures in life and on how she has coped with them which I have heard lots of students talking about during the course of the week.  I would like to thank Miss Wright.  We try hard to get the students to see failure as a key feature of their learning rather than as something to fear and it would be good for this message to be reinforced at home too where possible.

With best wishes for a relaxing weekend,


Annmarie McNaney