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what's happening at Chesham Grammar

Posted on: October 20th 2017

Head's Blog

Dear Parent,

By the time you receive this your children will have started their half term break and those on the art trip to Amsterdam and on the history, politics and sociology trip to New York and Washington will - hopefully - be mid air!  I hope that everyone has a well deserved rest.

It has been a very busy start to the year and a huge amount has happened over the last couple of months.  September seems a distant memory!  Many of the students have made an outstanding contribution to CGS at open evenings and on the sports fields or courts, to name but two.  I have been delighted to see the buzz the auditions for Grease has generated, rehearsals for which began yesterday.  There are lots of students right across the school involved in this and there was a palpable sense of excitement as they came out of their first rehearsal after school on Wednesday. Grease is the word!

Year 7 Transition meetings have been taking place this week.  As tutors we valued the opportunity to meet with parents with the students present too, to talk about his or her first half term at CGS.  The Year 7s have settled in really well and I know that they are especially ready for a break.  Starting at secondary school is stressful but it is obvious from conversations with parents this week and with students that they now feel at home at CGS.

At the start of the week, Year 11 students started the process of choosing their A level options and their parents attended an information evening too.  This is an important time for Year 11s and there will be a great deal of help and advice available for them over the coming months.  With all the changes in recent years it may well be that parents have queries, questions or concerns.  Please do not hesitate to get in touch if this is the case.

As you know, at the start of this academic year, Mr Josephson took over leadership of the pastoral system and we also made some changes to the way in which our House Leaders work.  Each has retained leadership of his or her House and now also has oversight of a particular section of the school.  This has made it easier for staff and parents to know exactly who to contact.  Mr Pierce has oversight of Year 7, Mrs Maishman of Years 8 and 9 and Mr Spittle of Years 10 and 11.  Miss Houghton is working alongside Mr Wescomb and Mrs Jeffrey in the Sixth Form, supporting those in Years 12 and 13.

With best wishes for a relaxing half term

Annmarie McNaney
Headteacher