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The Chalfonts Community


“Success is an Attitude...” Issue 5 - 21st November 2016

Welcome to this edition of the Chronicle at a busy time of year. Over the past couple of weeks, staff and students have been engaged in numerous sporting fixtures and enrichment activities both in and outside of the College. Earlier this month, 40 students from Years 10 -13 took on the might of the UKMT senior maths challenge and they are awaiting their results which will be published next month. In order to form team-building skills, Mr Fawcett and Mrs DeSouza organised a Tug-of-War competition for Year 7s during their lunch break and after a couple of days of competing, 7G2 emerged as the victors. Well done 7G2 for displaying great sportsmanship, team work and super strength! In other sporting news, congratulations go to our 6th Form football team for a 5 – 0 win at Bourne end. Well done.

At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of this month the entire school body stood silently to pay their respects to mark the end of the First World War. Jack Pittman, Sam Pickin and Finn Mitchell all dressed in Army and RAF uniforms and Andrew Gauld (Y8) played the Last Post on the Bugle. They all proudly helped Mr Leybourne deliver an informative assembly to highlight the significance of this day and he explained that Remembrance is part of modern British life, culture and heritage.

Imran Vahora Assistant Principal

I would like to thank the English department for continuing with their drive in ensuring every student is reading during tutor time. To boost literacy at the college, Mrs Brooks has been holding weekly Spelling Bee competitions which saw three Year 7 and Year 8 students win prizes. The 14th – 18th November was national Anti-Bullying week and students across the College have been addressing this issue in various ways. Year 13 students have been rehearsing a play which they will perform in assembly for our younger students. Students in Years 7 and 8 have been working on writing an anti-bullying charter which will form part of our whole school policy on bullying and this will be displayed in every classroom and corridor around the College. Looking ahead, we have the Consultation day for parents on the 25th November. This is a chance for you to come in and speak with your child’s form tutor to obtain more information on how they are progressing at school. On a different note, the music department are putting on The Big Gig on the 28th of November and on the 23rd November we are holding a Christmas Extravaganza at the College with over 30 stalls to help kick-start your Christmas. We look forward to seeing many students and parents at these events.

Contact Information Narcot Lane, Chalfont St Peter, Bucks, SL9 8TP Tel: 01753 882032 Fax: 01753 890716

Email: Twitter: @CCChalfonts



This year the A level art trip was significant city of Madrid. We stay to the Via del Arte, the area packed streets and bustl

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to the historic and culturally yed at the Hostel Agular, close d with art galleries, interesting ling squares.

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Students enjoyed artworks mainly dedicated to Spanish art at the Musee Reina Sophia. It houses an amazing collection of artworks, the most famous being Picasso’s Guernica created in response to the bombing of Guernica a country village in northern Spain by Nazi and Facist warplanes. Students made studies of work by other Spanish artists such as Salvador Dali, Juan Gris, Joan Miro as well as a studying a fantastic collection of work by international artists.

Day one

After a busy time sketching in the gallery we spent the afternoon in the Real Jardin Botanico. Located at the centre of Madrid, the gardens provided a tranquil setting in which to draw and photograph a wide variety of plant species some dating back more than two centuries. We were extremely lucky to meet an exhibiting artist who had a display of her interpretations of the Botanical Garden.

Day two After an early breakfast we set off to visit the largest outdoor market in Madrid, El Rastro which is the most popular flea market in Spain. The students were challenged to photograph this busy market and to capture the hustle and bustle. From the market we headed to El Museo De Arte Thyssen Bornemisa. The gallery houses works by international artists including Holbein, Edward Hopper and Lucien Freud. The relaxed atmosphere of the museum enabled students to contemplate works that they had studied in school and make the most of sketching from primary sources to support the development of their current project.

Day three

Students were eagerly awaiting the visit to the Museo Del Prado, the Spanish national art museum, to see first-hand some of the masterpieces we had studied back in school. It features one of the world’s finest collections of European art and unquestionably the best single collection of Spanish art. The students in the main focused on and made drawings from the works we had already studied such as Las Meninas by Diego Velazquez and The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymous Bosch. The students dug deep and found the energy for another exhibition at 5.00 at the Caxia Forum. The gallery began its life as an old electrical station and still contains many unique features which the students studied on a guided tour. On show in the gallery were some key works of impressionist art as well as more challenging pieces form the twentieth century. Page 4

Day four On our last morning we walked to Fundacion Mapfre to see a retrospective exhibition by the photographer Bruce Davidson. This was a highlight for many of the students and his themes have been starting points for further explorations in the students’ coursework. The students have been really inspired by this trip and are busy preparing their personal response for the sixth form art exhibition. Students’ artwork in response to the Madrid trip can be seen on the new art department website:

Kevin Mathieson Acting Leader of Art

A Student’s Perspective... Forty-four At and Photography students from Year 12 and 13 visited the beautiful city of Madrid this October in order to gain inspiration from artists across the globe. We visited galleries such as The Museo Del Prado, Thyssen Bornemisza and the Reina Sophia galleries; each of us on the hunt for work to trigger our imagination and help us create work with precision, meaning and a sense of history. Year 13 are currently writing their personal studies for our A level course which gave us the perfect opportunity in Madrid to find artists and styles that we can pick apart and analyse for crucial marks towards our final grades. The trip will give the year 12 students a fantastic start to their two year course. The trip was highly beneficial academically and we were also able to see the vast city in all its glory, enjoying the sights not only as students but as tourists. From the weekly Sunday market where the photography students found inspiration, to the vast amount of tapas on offer to us at dinner (to both draw and eat!); there really wasn’t a dull moment!

Lucy Villiers Year 13 Art student Page 5

Work Experience Year 10 students have been introduced to the work experience process and been given their packs containing the necessary paperwork. Year 10 work experience will take place from Monday 10 July to Friday 14 July inclusive. As part of the process we have asked students to find their own placements. The LRC will be reserved for Yr10’s on Thursdays at lunchtime where students will be able to use the internet, telephone and receive assistance.

jobs. If a student is struggling about options post 16 a work placement might identify something they are passionate about and motivate them to succeed. It will also help students to identify their own skills and highlight areas they may wish to develop. If you, or the organisation you work within, may be able to offer a work experience placement it would be great to hear from you.

I have requested completed ‘Self Placement – Work Experience’ forms to be returned by Friday 24 February. This may seem very early but health & safety checks need to be carried out with the employers and job descriptions drawn-up. It is important to ensure the placements meet the necessary criteria.

Copies of the work experience paperwork can be collected from the LRC or downloaded from the website:

The week of work experience is a very exciting time for our students. It will give them a real sense of a chosen industry and enable them to talk to employees and ask questions. If students have no idea what career they want to pursue, it is a perfect way to sample different career options and explore different news/?pid=3&nid=4&storyid=195

– ‘News & Events’ – ‘Announcements’ – Year 10 Work Experience

Andrea Gilbey Work Experience Coordinator Direct Line: 01753 881744

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These Men


These men, ground to dust, have become a spectacle of woe to these 21st century peace ridden minds. Gift shops dotted, degrading and diminishing the diligent nature of these men. Mocking. Unsympathetic, unsentimental, ungrateful. Cellphones pressed into the hands of these 21st century self-involved minds. Hateful hashtags haunt our beings the same as the hated shellfire haunted these men. Really? These men lived in a different world, a world worse than that of our fiction. Can we comprehend? We 21st century story filled minds? These men, ground to death, have become a 60 minute compulsory history lesson to these 21st century fact filled minds. (There’s no room for lamenting.)

By Kirsten Clow, a Year 13 English literature student who was inspired to write a poem following her trip to the battlefields of World War One.

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Year 7 County Cup Football 19th October 2016 On the 19th of October our Year 7 football team played their first county cup game for the school. Our opponents were Walton High from Milton Keynes. The first half flew by and it was still goal-less. In the second half we won a free-kick in a very dangerous position. The ball was touched to George Terry who hit a beautiful shot into the top left corner of the goal. With seconds left to play they equalised to take it to extra time and a lot of pressure was piled on us. After the first half of extra time the score was still 1-1. The second half was very tight until almost the last kick of the game when George Roberts scored a volley into the bottom left corner of the goal to win

the game for us and take us through to the next round. A very tough game for us but we showed great character to come out with a victory against a very strong opposition. Alex Brown 7K2

Amelia Curtis


Amelia Curtis in Year 8 has been playing golf since 2015 for Stoke Park as a scholar and also as part of Team GB.

She has recently achieved some fantastic results in the Junior European Open (with The Daily Express) where she played in two competitions at Reading Golf Club and won both events. This resulted in her selection for the European Junior Finals which will be held in Spain in a few weeks. This is an incredible achievement for Amelia, as she has been and will be, competing against girls up to six years her senior. We admire her hard work and dedication and wish her the best of luck in the forthcoming competition. Joanne John 8k4 Form Tutor Page 8


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Dates for your Diary 22nd-23rd Nov: AS Drama Group Production 23rd-24th & 28th-29th Nov: Y11 GCSE Art & Digital Art Mock Exams 25th Nov: Parent Consultation Day - ALL YEAR GROUPS 28th Nov: Y12/13 BTEC ‘BIG ONE’ Music Gig - from 7.30pm 30th Nov-2nd Dec: Y11 GCSE Music Mock Practical Exam 1st Dec: DofE Training - 4pm-5pm 5th-14th Dec: Y11 Mock GCSE internal exams 5th-6th Dec: A2 Drama Group Production 8th Dec: Y12/13 Parents Evening - 4pm-8pm Y9 University Visit - Brunel Uni 9th Dec: Year 7 Disco - 7.30pm-9.30pm

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Year 11 Trip to Oxford University Some of our Year 11 students attended an ‘Investigating Options’ Day at Oxford University. They attended a presentation about Oxford which introduced the students to the city, the university and student life. This was followed by attendance at some sample lectures which included Science, Philosophy and Public Policy and where one of the studies was about the design of an invisible cloak! After lunch the students attended a workshop

investigating course options which will hopefully inspire and help them with their choices for the future. Last was a tour of the College. From the feedback gained, 80% of the students said that going to Oxbridge inspires them a lot and 60% have said that they might consider applying. Christine Sanders Leader for Employability

When asked

‘what steps might you take now to move you towards your goals’,

the students responded as follows:

“Research the requireme nts for University Courses”

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“Read more into my preferred subjects”

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“Go online on student rooms to get student opinions of University” Page 10

Year 9 Visit Brunel University We took 40 Year 9 students to Brunel University to help raise awareness of university life. The students listened to talks about making higher education choices giving them an insight into what they should be considering now and then had a presentation on what it is like to be a university student. The day also involved a ‘Question and Answer’ panel giving the students an opportunity to find out more, followed by a quiz and a campus tour. From the feedback gained, 92% of the students found the activities very or fairly useful and some of the comments included the following:

to ed to go me t n a w s ired alway as insp are h “I have s i h t which ity and Univers t Universities trengths.” a s to look ons and i t p o y rm great fo

“I have learnt more about going there and I am more likely to visit or go to one when I’m older.”

“This has encouraged me to think more about my fu ture and the possibilities.”

“It was v e interestin ry g and I enjoyed it .”

“I want to go more now!”

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Christine Sanders Leader for Employability

Hannah Hussain The Woman in Black by Su



Year 9 produced som selected a novel to r then produced a pie was very impressed

Molly Payne The Kite runner by Khaled Hosseini

Emily Smith 1984 by George Orwell

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Sean Mayhew Lord of the Flies

usan Hill

Leila Lewis The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame


ss in English

me outstanding homework! Students read from a challenging reading list and ece of literary art inspired by the novel. I d by their efforts!

Leo Whittaker Animal Farm by George Orwell

Catherine Caccaviello Leader of English by William Golding

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12th Octo

Our students have evaluated the Employability Skills Day – 86% sai good idea of what to expect when fa

Fast Tomato Careers Related Psychometric Quiz

Comments received from students regarding how useful they found this on-line tool: “It was easy and quick to find our way around the site.” “It gave me ideas and careers I have never heard of” “I am going to use the ‘careers section’ to see what I need to do to get into a particular career pathway” “I am going to think about some of the jobs suggested and make enquiries.” “I came to the conclusion that I would prefer to be in an active workplace. I am going to use the conclusions when I look at a particular role within an organisation.”

Care Fa Comments

“I was given lots of info

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“I received a lot of info apprenticesh

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It’s really important our students continue to think about and inve appointment with a Careers Advisor, please request one either with career related resources available in the LRC. These resources subject choices and investigating optio Page 14

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id they found the 1:1 interviews very useful and felt it gave them a acing an interviewer for the first time.

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ormation and advice.”

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nt careers to choose from.”

wide range of jobs to offer.”

high expectations from ployees.”

The Range of Workshops General comments received: “I have learnt first impressions count, a firm handshake is important and how to prepare a CV.” “I would like to go to university.” “It’s important to research a company before attending an interview.” “Practical things you need to do to start a business.” “You can get a degree from doing an apprenticeship.” “I learnt about all the different careers in the army.” “I didn’t realise there was such a huge range of jobs in the creative media sector.” “I think I have a good idea what university life would be like.” “I now know what an apprenticeship is and how to apply for one.” “STEM careers are varied.” “What you plan as your career route doesn’t always happen as you would like it to, it is important to be flexible.” “GCSE results really matter particularly if you are planning to go to university.”

estigate their different options post 16. If students would like an h a member of staff in the LRC or via their tutor. There are valuable will help students make well informed decisions when deciding ons post 16. Please make use of them. Page 15

The Spelling Bee Competition got off to a great start on Wednesday, 9th November when the top spellers in year 7 went head-to-head in their quest to become the winner. It was exhilarating to watch as they spelt some challenging words. However, round by round we lost some of the brilliant spellers as their nerves got the better of them and they spelt a word incorrectly. Eventually, in a thrilling finish, the top three spellers emerged.

other to see who would be crowned the winner. Once again the atmosphere was electrifying as the spellers tried to outshine each other. Ultimately, after some tense and exciting moments, the top three spellers prevailed.

On the 16th November, the top spellers in year 8 had the opportunity to compete against each

Elaine Brooks Literacy and Spelling Bee Coordinator

The support on both days was fantastic. They applauded their peers and encouraged them even when they were struggling to spell some of more difficult words.

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The annual sixth form music gig takes place Monday 28th November. All welcome for this amazing show. The music department is looking for music industry contacts to help our students understand the scope of careers within this industry. If you are in the industry and can help we would love to hear from you. In particular our students would love to be able to interview you and listen to perhaps a talk about related music industry jobs. Please drop me a line at Many thanks.

Danny Munster Leader of Music Year 7 Pop Choir Every Monday Lunch at 1.30pm in the Band room (Next to Music 1 - opposite cafe 2000)

our Bring y lunch! Next big performances are: Chalfont St. Peter Christmas fun night on Friday 2nd December and the Carol Concert on Monday 19th December! Page 17

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You must be prepared to work hard and be physically fit. The job would involve food preparation and ser of the kitchens. Term time only. Experience in catering preferred but training would be given, inclu

Apply to Carole Fadipe or Barbara Pestell on 01753 881 781 or by e

Your child may be eligible for Free School Meals which could save you over £500 each year.

The College is asking all parents and carers of children in Years 7 – 11 to tell the college if they qualify fo check to see if they are eligible by following this link; successful the College will receive an extra £935 of government funding even if your child does not wan be used to help all children from lower income families do their very best at school. To apply for Free Sch Meal & Pupil Premium Application Form’ which can be found on the College website at: http://www.chalfo Mr Vahora Assistant Principal

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Plea from reception Please could Parents/Guardians be aware that if a student has to be taken out of school for an appointment, it is the responsibility of the student to be at Reception at the agreed time. Only in an emergency would it be possible for a member of staff to try to find a student. This will also apply to any forgotten items that are brought into school by a Parent/Guardian during the school day.

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Remote Control Car Club

We have finally launched the Remote Control Car Club for a number of students in Year 8. A small steering group of students last year wanted to introduce this club into the school at lunchtimes. The students took on the task of organising fundraising across the year group, sourcing the cars and building them over a number of months with the help of our staff within the Engineering Department. We are expecting 30 children to be part of this club and we have some very enthusiastic Year 11/12 students who are keen to help facilitate the races. Christine Sanders Leader for Employability

Craft Club Craft club runs on a MONDAY and THURSDAY at lunchtime in Learning Support. We are bursting with ideas for what to make, particularly with the festive season fast approaching! Look at the examples of our latest work in progress… Come and help us, and look out for the ‘finished’ pictures in the next Chronicle. Mrs Clark and Mrs Beck Learning Support Department

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cated students group of thirty dedi a d an t en rtm pa so the drama de ols Festival. We are ho Sc e ar On November 11th pe es ak Sh ght’s Dream volvement in the ing A Midsummer Ni rm wrapped up their in rfo pe of ty ni rtu kshops derful oppo ing involved in wor be d an grateful for the won th or sw an ance. Theatre in Rickm ad up to the perform le at the Watersmeet e th in rs to ac d rectors an with professional di ishing ckmansworth and fin Ri to s bu e th on lly y beginning at 8am behaved professiona ts en Friday was a big da ud st r Ou . tre er a ersmeet Thea to the stage to deliv sm ia us th en at 10pm at the Wat d an ena Catangiu and brought energy Year 13 students El to n throughout the day tio en m l ia ec sp rector) rmance. A n Clow (Assistant Di te rs Ki , r) wonderful final perfo ne sig De e d worked over ily Smart (Costum in a tireless effort an t (Set Designer), Em pu ts en ud st e es ay to life. tume). Th that brought the pl k or w l rfu and Izzy Allen (Cos de on w e ay to produce th their half term holid udents from d performing with st an g sin ar he re of ol and Garston re ol, John Lyon Scho We had the pleasu ho Sc nt fa In d ixe M and Junior of Hamlet, Henry V s on Rickmansworth Park iti nd re ng iri sp ion performed in dedication and pass e th as w ts Manor School who en ud st inspiring for our Macbeth. Particularly Manor School. ents from Garston ud st by e ag st on seen a Noone for on the day, to Marth us g in lp he r fo s irley Collin the initiative of Special thanks to Sh a Clarke for taking cc be Re to d an ce llege and an fonts Community Co directing the perform al Ch to l iva st Fe s e School bringing Shakespear . producing the show ed! rience for all involv pe ex ng di ar w re d an Overall a fantastic

Martha Noone Teacher of Drama Page 21

The Importance of reading: A country's Legislative Ruling

Email Communication The College uses Schoolcomms, an electronic school communication system which will enable you to receive all your information from us quickly and reliably. We can send letters by email to your inbox and short messages directly to your mobile phone as a text message. All families are automatically registered when they join the school. If you are not certain that we have your correct details, please contact us via email ( If you change your contact details please let the school know as soon as possible. Parents without an email address will receive a paper copy of correspondence via their child. Please note that when we send an email from our Schoolcomms account, the email address that recipients will see is To make sure you are getting your email messages into your Inbox rather than the Junk Mail folder, here are some instructions about how to add addresses to the safe sender list for some of the more commonly used email programs....

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Outlook 2007, Outlook 2003 or Outlook Express You have three options to choose from: •Go to “Actions” on your email menu bar. Select “Junk E-mail” from your pulldown menu. Select “Add Sender to Safe Senders List” •Right-click in the message and select “Add the Sender to Safe Senders List” •Go to “Tools” on the menu bar. Select “Options” in the pull-down menu. Under “Preferences”, select “Junk E-mail”. Then click on the “Safe Sender” tab. Click the “Add” button. Type the email address of the sender in the text box

AOL 9 You can do either of the following: •Add the email address to your address book •Reply to the email. If you reply to the email, AOL will automatically put the address in your address book

AOL 8 •Open the email •Click the “Add Address” icon on the right •The email address is pre-populated in the “Contact Details” pop-up. Verify that the pre-populated information is correct •Click “Save”

Hotmail/ •Log into Hotmail •Click “Options” (the cog symbol on the top right hand side of the screen) | “More email settings” •Under the heading “Preventing junk email”, click “Safe and blocked senders” then “Safe senders” •Type in the email address and click “Add to list”

Yahoo! Mail: •Use the “Not Spam” button to report messages you want in your Inbox that were delivered to your Bulk folder.

Gmail or Googlemail: •Open the email •Click “More Options” in the email header •Click “Add Sender to Contact List” Apple Mail: •Add the email address to your address book •In Training mode, emails will arrive in the inbox highlighted in brown. In Automatic mode, junk emails will arrive in the Junk box. To add an email that arrived in the Junk folder, highlight the email message, click “Mark” and select “As Not Junk Mail”

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Principal; Russell Denial Narcot Lane, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, SL9 8TP 01753 882032

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