The Chalfonts Community
“Success is an Attitude...” Issue 8 - 16th January 2017
For my first ever Chronicle article I would like to start by wishing you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year for 2017… and what an amazing year it’s been so far! As you all know, starting a new school or job can be rather daunting but I can honestly say that I have been completely overwhelmed by the wonderful reception I’ve had as the new Vice Principal at Chalfonts Community College. I feel really blessed to be working alongside so many passionate and dedicated individuals; we are all really looking forward to the journey we’ll be embarking on together over the next few months.
Victoria Lang Vice Principal
As many of you know, I began my teaching career in the primary sector before heading into secondary territory. This has really helped me to develop a very comprehensive understanding of the education system – particularly in understanding how children learn. We all have our own learning style and that’s what makes teaching so much fun! The challenge of finding out what makes a young person ‘tick’ is a real golden moment for me.
My biggest passion as a pastoral leader in school is about ensuring that children develop a positive outlook on life so that aspirations can be achieved. I believe that having a positive mental attitude leads to success, irrespective of your background or the environment in which you grew up in. Anything is possible if you believe in yourself. For Year 11, as your mock results day approaches – try not to be despondent if the results aren’t quite what you’re expecting. See it as a learning curve – attend parents evening, heed the advice from your teachers and have the resilience to learn from your mistakes. If you do this you’ll be ready for the challenges that your GCSE exams will bring in the summer.
“Do not be embarrassed by your failures; learn from them and start again.” Richard Branson I am really excited to be part of the fabulous community here at the Chalfonts and I look forward to working alongside/meeting many more of you over the next few weeks! Thank you all for making me feel so welcome.
Contact Information Narcot Lane, Chalfont St Peter, Bucks, SL9 8TP www.chalfonts.org Tel: 01753 882032 Fax: 01753 890716
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r u o y e e r t o a f v e i t b c t A n u o c r c e a d m n y r i a e m T P t f Re n l e a r H a P From Monday 20th February 2017, we have made the decision not to accept cash or cheques at the school. The main reason is that the costs in maintaining the cash machines on-site are increasing significantly and the machines are now due another upgrade to accept the new £5 notes and also the £1 coins soon to come into circulation.
We will therefore be removing these units around the Cafés over the Spring half-term. However, students will still be able to check their dinner money balances using a balance checker unit by the Cafés. We are asking all parents/guardians to now use ParentPay, to upload money onto your child’s cashless catering account, pay for trips, visits and other one-off school related events. ParentPay is a very secure website which uses leading technology to process your credit/debit card transactions securely. You will be able to make payments online whenever you like, with no transaction fees; review your child’s meal purchases and see what they have had to eat; view your full payment history and no longer have to worry about your child carrying cash to school. You will also be able to set reminders when your child’s balance is low, prompting you top up their account. If you require a daily spend limit on your child’s account we are able to set this up. Alternatively, if you do not have access to the internet/online banking, cash payments can be made at all PayPoint outlets in local stores. If you require a PayPoint card or need to set up a ParentPay account please contact Rachel MacKeith via email firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01753 881607. Thank you in advance for your support Peter Merrison Business Manager
NationaL Talent Camp
I’ve just got back from the National Talent Camp at Loughborough University - what an amazing weekend! The camp is aimed at improving the skills of young coaches, athletes and officials. It is a multi-sport event and in order to attend you have to be selected by your national governing body, which in my case is British Cycling.
Three hundred and fifty people attended and after registration we were divided into teams by role. I was part of a coaching team which consisted of footballers, swimmers, gymnasts, softball, basketball, wheelchair basketball and boccia coaches.
It was a great weekend filled with many activities which worked on different aspects of coaching such as:
• Emotional Intelligence - about how you react to a situation and how you treat each situation by its merits to ensure you get the best out of your athlete
• Coaching Philosophy - you may believe in a philosophy where people should be in an environment where they are free to express themselves. Alternatively your philosophy may be to get the best out of an athlete at all cost • Chimp Paradox - about the science of the brain and how there are two sides to a person, the chimp and the human. The chimp reacts quickly and often over reacts, whereas the human reacts on average 7-10 minutes slower and therefore “responds” rather than reacts. The chimp jumps to conclusions and works on how to make itself feel good and can be very selfish - not a good coaching trait! The human, however, responds much later and thinks about everything and everyone involved - this is a better approach to coaching although it can over complicate things! One of the big things I took away from these workshops was how nobody, no matter what level of emotional intelligence, can react appropriately in an instant. As a coach you need to be able to control your chimp which means taking time to respond and not just react. I recognise that my chimp made quite a few appearances in the early volunteer days. As a coach you must lead by example. We also did some activities within our discipline which I found beneficial. Listening to the views from coaches, athletes and officials helped me realise how and why people make certain decisions and links back to the Chimp Paradox. We also had a moral/ethical debate which really highlighted the difference in views between coaches, athletes and officials. There were fun sessions too including the Mannequin Challenge and a massive conga. It is a full on weekend with 6am wake up calls and workshops till 10pm each evening. If you’ve got the chance, APPLY! It’s a fantastic opportunity and you won’t regret it. Thanks SUMMIT MTB GO-RIDE, I couldn’t have done it without you.
Josh Scott Year 13 Student
Sports Fixures Date Monday 16th Jan Tuesday 17th Jan
Year Sport Group 6 Form Basketball 7 Basketball
Dr Challoners Amersham
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Wednesday 18th Jan 7 Thursday 19th Jan Monday 23rd Jan
Tuesday 24th Jan
Wednesday 25th Jan 10 & 7 Netball Thursday 26th Jan
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Dates for your Diary 17th Jan 2017 - Y11 Results Assembly; registration time (Main Hall) 18th Jan 2017 - Y8 Options Fair; Lunch time (Gym) 19th Jan 2017 - Y11 Parentsâ€™ Evening; 4pm-8pm 24th Jan 2017 - Level 2/3 Beauty Taster Day 25th & 26th Jan 2017 - AS Individual Drama Productions 27th Jan 2017 - Y10 Holocaust Memorial Day (Hall/Gym) 2nd Feb 2017 - 6th Form Taster Day - DofE Training; 4pm-5pm (Gym) - Y9-11 Intermediate Maths Challenge (Hall) Page 4
This was the first of hopefully many opportunities for our Business and Economic students to attend a residential trip. The trip was relevant as students are currently (or will be) learning about global businesses and how international companies differ from UK run businesses. We stayed at the Hostel Fernando close to Las Ramblas which was walking distance to pretty much everything. Students had a jam-packed schedule which allowed them to experience business-related excursions and also gave them the opportunity to take in the sights of Barcelona. We were incredibly lucky with the weather with temperatures reaching 18 degrees.
Day 1 We arrived at midday and went straight to our hostel to unpack before joining our own personal tour guide to see the city. The coach took us to the main sights of Barcelona to see Sagrada Familia and the Gothic Quarter where we felt lucky to have a localâ€™s perspective.
After a bit of a lie in we headed out to the SEAT factory where we saw the production lines of various SEAT models and the day-to-day work within the factory. We were also told about the close working relationships with Audi and Volkswagen. This followed with free time to experience the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona and some of the big brands on the main high street and Las Ramblas. Some students even stepped out of their comfort zones to sample some Paella.
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Representatives from local colleges were invited into school on Wednesday 11 January. Present were: East Berkshire (Langley & Windsor), Amersham & Wycombe, BCA, Uxbridge, Henley and Aylesbury and a representative from Apprenticeship, Support & Knowledge for schools also attended. Our Year 11 students took full advantage of the opportunity to find out more about the variety of courses on offer, entry requirements, the exact location of the colleges and the different campuses and travel arrangements. They were also able to discuss the actual course content and the assessment and exam criteria; some took great advantage and asked representatives to compare the course content between one college and another.
The ‘Apprenticeship Adviser’ was kept extremely busy explaining the different levels of entry for apprenticeships and introducing students to the Government apprenticeship website – many registered on the site during the event. For more information on apprenticeships and to register:
We are extremely grateful to the local colleges for attending the fair and advising and assisting our students. Hopefully, this is one of the many events which will help our Year 11’s make well informed decisions post 16.
Andrea Gilbey LRC Manager
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Have you got the news app yet? You may have noticed our re-designed website, which went live in December. The fresh new design doesn’t only represent our professional modern approach, but is designed to be responsive for a range of devices, recognising that the majority of people now do not only browse websites on their computers. There is also a news app available on iPhone, Android & Windows phones; search for ‘School News’ in the app store. Once you have installed the app and entered our college, you will be kept up to date with the latest news and events. In the event of a snow day, unexpected school closure, or fixture cancellations you’ll receive a notification straight to your mobile device explaining what’s happening. Feel better connected and even closer to what’s happening at our college. We welcome any feedback on both the website and the app: email@example.com Richard Smith Associate Assistant Principal Page 10
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Snow day Procedure As winter deepens, so does the risk of snow and other inclement weather. Any school closure will be posted on the school website and this is the ultimate place to refer to. We will also have an automated message on the switchboard, a message will go out via twitter, or a push notification if you have the new school app.
CCC Annual Presentation Evening One of the most rewarding parts of being in education is to celebrate the achievements and successes of the young people in our community. On Thursday 15th December we held the Annual Presentation Evening in the Sue Tanner Hall. All students in last yearâ€™s Year 13 were invited back into the school to receive their A-level and BTEC certificates, while last yearâ€™s Year 12 students received their GCSE certificates and other level 2 awards. Prize winners were nominated by staff for outstanding effort, achievement and progress so it was a truly inclusive event. There were also the Chalfonts College prizes awarded to outstanding individuals or groups (such as our channel relay swimmers). As the hall filled with students (present and recent leavers), their parents, governors, staff and other guests, it was great to see people catching up, with many students being back from their further studies around the UK. The atmosphere was really positive as certificates and prizes were awarded with each receiving the applause of their peers and parents/guests. The guest speaker was a former student, George Baker (CCC 2006-2013), who is now a pilot with Easy jet. He explained how he trained and the career path that he has taken so far, including a video of some of his training and some in-flight photos.
He certainly showed what Chalfonts’ students can go on to achieve and I echo his comments about choosing a job where you are ‘doing something you love; it never feels like hard work if you enjoy doing it’. I can honestly say he is one of the best speakers that I have heard at such events and I hope inspired a few of our students to go on to great things. The evening was interspersed with a couple of musical pieces (Never Forget You and Uptown Funk) performed by the ‘School of Rock’ band consisting of Macy Owen, Ryan Grover, Will Salter, Josie Coyle and Sophie Bowler to which I found myself tapping my foot along to the music.
The full list of awards for the college are below and include the new Smithy ‘Art is Hard’ award donated and presented by the former member of staff Mr Smith.
The Doug Humphries Trophy for Outstanding success in Sixth Form Studies The Sue Tanner Award for Creativity The Sherry Trophy for Contribution to Drama & Performing Arts The Smithy Trophy “Art is Hard Work” The Priestley Trophy for Outstanding Academic Achievement at GCSE Award The Kim Duggan Outdoor Education Award for Excellent Geography Field Work The Etherington Shield for Outstanding Progress The Bob Quilley Shield for Contribution to the Life of the College The Alice Adams Award for Contribution to Music The Year Leader’s Special Award The Sports Shield for Outstanding Achievement in Sport The Elizabeth Fitch Cup for Personal Achievement
Unitek Technology Award for Outstanding Progress in Technology
Elliot Harrison Avril Tricker Megan Morris Brandon Tollan Sarah Barnes James Bertrand George Turner Isabelle Cockram Kete Ilsley Jenna Arnot Jamie Nottage, Llewellyn Woodman & Sammy Farnfield Marcus Lawrence
Many thanks to the team of staff that helped organise this event, polish trophies and collate certificates, and also to all those that attended the evening. I hope you enjoyed it and we look forward to welcoming many of you to such events in the future.
Giles Scoble Vice Principal
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Relief Catering Assistant Would you like to work in The College Café? We have a vacancy for a Relief Catering Assistant. Regular hours are available each week and you would need to be on call as required. This could lead to a permanent position. You must be prepared to work hard and be physically fit. The job would involve food preparation and serving the students, washing up and cleaning of the kitchens. Term time only. Experience in catering preferred but training would be given, including a Level 2 Food Safety Certificate.
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London Marathon fundraising for Charity: Children With Cancer “It has been my dream to run the London marathon and this will finally happen next April! I have four very healthy children of my own and can’t imagine what these children with cancer and their families are going through. Please help me to support them by spreading the word and asking people to make a donation on my just giving page.” Thanks for your support Orlessa Altass PTA Member http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Orlessa Page 15
News from the Medical Room and Lost Property Immunisations for Students in Year 11 Students in Year 11 will be offered the MenACWY vaccination in school this term.
The students will be given information about this and the Vaccination Consent forms will be e-mailed to parents/carers. Please return the completed form to the Medical room, either a paper copy or by e-mail, by the deadline given. If you have any problems downloading or printing the form please let me know a.s.a.p. and I will issue a paper copy.
Lost Property There is still a lot of ‘lost property’ being generated – please encourage students to look after their belongings – especially items of PE kit. All named lost property is returned to its owner via e-mails to the student’s tutor, so please name anything that is likely to get ’lost’. Un-named lost property is put on the table in the corridor outside the Medical Room for anyone to claim and is re-cycled after a couple of weeks as there isn’t any storage space for the quantities of items received.
Students diagnosed with a Medical Condition If your son or daughter are diagnosed with any medical conditions, or are prescribed any medication that they may need during the day, please contact Miss Romney so that the information can be recorded. Page 16
Head Lice & Nits We have been informed of a number of cases of head lice at school. Please will you check, and if necessary treat, your son/daughter and other members of the familyâ€™s hair. If you find any lice, please treat the hair to remove them. Long hair should be tied back for school and students should not share hair brushes and combs. It is also important that you check hair regularly over the next few weeks to ensure the lice have been completely removed.
Medical Time-Out cards
If you would like further advice your local pharmacist will help. Alternatively you may like to visit: www.headlice.co.uk
Students diagnosed with a medical condition, which may necessitate them leaving a lesson, are issued with a Medical Time-Out card so that they can leave the lesson, without having to explain the reason to the teacher and with as little disruption as possible to the rest of the class. Most students issued with these use them very responsibly but last term a small minority abused their use of them. If your child is issued with an M T-O card, please will you remind them that they need to use it sensibly as they are issued for their benefit. i.e. they donâ€™t need to explain to each teacher why they need to leave the room.
Students using crutches following an operation or injury
Medical Administrator/First Aider/Lost Property
Please advise Miss Romney if your son or daughter has an operation, or sustains an injury, and needs to use crutches on their return to school, as we need to ensure that they are given any support needed to keep them safe. This includes a risk assessment being carried out.
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