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The Chalfonts Community

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“Success is an Attitude...” Issue 6 - 5th December 2016

Christmas Jumper Day After the success of the previous charity event ‘Jeans for Genes’ day I am pleased to announce that we will be supporting the Save the Children Christmas Jumper day on Friday 16 December 2016. Details will follow but the aim is to wear a Christmas jumper with school uniform and to donate £1 to Save the Children. Pupils w earing a Christmas sweater will not need to wear a blazer but will need to wear the rest of their uniform, including school shoes. No other sweaters/jumpers are allowed so please no hoodies etc. Just like before staff will also be taking part so get thinking (and buying?) that Christmas jumper ready for the big day! Our target is to match the previous target of £1500 which will be used by Save the Children to support and change the lives of children in the UK. Please support us in our next charity event.

Learning Kit and Preparedness to Learn Please remember that all students are expected to arrive at college prepared to learn and suitably equipped. With Christmas coming Giles Scoble this is an ideal time to stock up on those essential stationeries. Just Vice Principal a reminder that all students are expected to have at least: a pen (and a spare), 2 pencils and a sharpener, green pen or highlighter for the ‘response’ in SIR marking, a ruler and a calculator (that they know how to use). The majority of students I teach and observe have these but unfortunately not all of them. I would rather address this through a reminder to parents than detentions for pupils. Finally, if any of these pose a problem financially, please contact me in confidence and we will support you if we possibly can. Preparedness to learn is crucial to success at Chalfonts and starts at home by completing homework and packing a bag for the lessons that day. Arriving on time, in the right place, equipped with the correct learning kit and entering the classroom in a frame of mind to learn are also crucial. This is a partnership between staff, students and parents and I value your continued support. 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 and message will go out via twitter: https://twitter.com/CCChalfonts

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

Email: info@chalfonts.org Twitter: @CCChalfonts


School Uniform The vast majority of students wear their uniform with pride. As the cold weather has now arrived I have noticed that some students need to purchase a school jumper and a warm coat, rather than wearing hoodies and other items. School jumpers are available from the school shop and a coat that a blazer can be worn under are readily available. Please be assured; we expect all students to wear their blazer under their coat and rather than wait to be challenged by staff, they should meet the expected standard themselves. Can I just clarify that school sweatshirts are not items of school uniform, they are to be worn at training or matches, nor to school as uniform. The only other areas that I am concerned about are: jewellery (rings, bracelets, ear-rings) and the length of the regulation school skirt (no others are acceptable uniform). A pair of studs (not hoops) is allowed but other jewellery and nail polish including fake nails is not. Anti-Bullying Assemblies at Chalfonts Community College During the week of 21st to 24th November I led assemblies to all year groups on the topic of anti-bullying. Whilst I do not believe that we have a particular issue with bullying, I do believe that any school that believes bullying couldn’t happen is naive at best. Please do talk to your children about bullying; as the more this issue is discussed and brought into the open the more likely we are to be successful in removing this from College-life. The College definition of bullying is: ‘The intentional hurting of one person by another, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. It is usually repetitive or persistent, although some one-off attacks can have a continuing harmful effect on the target.’ I stressed that modern social media (texting, e-mails, messaging, social network sites, tweeting etc.) has also enabled a remote, potentially anonymous channel for many of the most disturbing and undermining forms of attack or intimidation – popularly referred to as ‘Cyber-Bullying’. This form of bullying does not stop at the school gate and can be particularly difficult to address. It can be just as damaging as physical or verbal bullying and we will address it with the same zero-tolerance approach. Another ‘grey area’ I clarified was that whilst a comment from an individual may be a single event, if the term used is known to be used by others to bully the student then this would be seen as repetitive as the victim may hear this comment form many people in a day or week.

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I am pleased that society as a whole has moved a great deal since I was at school. The mentality that it is just part of school-life has largely gone and we all need to help this trend continue. Homophobic language, such as using the term ‘gay’ as a negative term is no longer acceptable and differences should be celebrated rather than used as a reason for creating a ‘them and us’ culture. School is about preparing our students to play a positive, active role in our society and I hope our students will become champions of equality. To slightly misquote the words: ‘For evil to triumph, good men need to do nothing’ can be applied to bullying. If all the community take an active role in challenging this behaviour then we can be part of the solution; if we stand by and watch we are part of the problem. This was the ‘take away message’ of the assemblies: to not be a passive observer but to do the right thing. We all have a moral compass and I encourage all of us to have the courage not to be swayed by others from following what we know is right. Research shows that some victims of bullying may be affected after they leave school, but perhaps unexpectedly the research suggests that the ‘bully’ is also affected; as they find it harder to empathise (which coincidentally was the word of the day when I wrote this article) and form relationships if this becomes the ‘normal’ pattern of behaviour for them. In summary: For everyone’s sake let’s not accept any form of bullying at Chalfonts Community College and let us be setting the example we want others to follow.

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PTA Christmas Extravaganza The PTA jingled all the way to the bank after raising over £1,800 at the Christmas Extravaganza! Over 500 visitors enjoyed over 50 stalls selling a range of Christmas gifts with the waft of mulled wine in the air to get everyone in the festive spirit! The PTA ran a sellout tombola and raffle which included some fantastic prizes. Of course, none of this would be possible without the tremendous support of our students and parents who wrapped prizes, moved tables, sold tickets, served hot dogs, made tea, gave or collected donations, created or put up posters, tidied up and all the other jobs that go into making this event a success. So thank you to everyone – you are all stars!

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Thank you also to the office/admin staff for sending out endless emails and texts which helped drum up support. A special thank you to our generous sponsors Place Estate Agents of Seer Green who helped market the event and donated a wonderful raffle prize.

friends of The Chalfonts Community College a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year.

With only 20 sleeps left until the big day, the PTA would like to wish all the families and

Sharon Williams PTA Chairperson

Watch out for our next events Quiz & Curry end of January/beginning of February and Year 7/8 disco Friday 10 February.

Christmas Extravaganza Raffle Winners Case of Prosecco Nigel Handmade Coat Kelly Venture Photo Ekta 10k5 4 Ball Golf at Oaklands Trish Jolly Farmer Voucher Jan Gosling Drama Lessons Julie Carmichael Beauty Box Voucher Steve Pair of Cushions Elaine Nuffield Health Family Voucher Gemma Pizza Express voucher Taylor Reardon Champagne & Chocs Mel Gizzy Fox & Pheasant Voucher Corina Mortimers Voucher Martin Lollapalooza Voucher Julie Everyman Cinema Tickets Amanda 30 Min Massage Patterson Dog Grooming Voucher Sam Hush Voucher Rachel Champagne & Chocs Judy Thompson Recipe Book Eva Box of Celebrations Sheila Christmas Teddy Sylvia Church Mug Hazard Xmas Elephant Diana Wilkinson Sword Spade Kellie Hazleton

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PE News Year 8 Netball

On Wednesday 16th November the year 8B netball team played Dr Challoners High School at home. In this match our team were really good at intercepting which resulted in us scoring. Despite our hard work we unfortunately lost and the final score was 11-4. At the end of the match DCHS choose our player of the match, and they chose WA which was played by Samantha Scott. Overall the match was very good and both teams played well.

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Nicole Plant 8G1

On Tuesday 22nd November we took a team of 4 students to represent in the Under 13’s and Under 16’s County Table Tennis competition. Both teams started the day with the team event, where each member of the team played two games against the opposition. Our Under 16’s put in a great performance and finished third in their competition missing out on progression to the zonal finals by a narrow margin. In the younger age group our Under 13 squad started the competition with an 8-0 win, which meant every member of the team won both of their games against the opposition. They continued their form

throughout the day and drew 4-4 to a strong Dr Challoners Grammar School team and narrowly lost to John Hampden who went on to win the team competition. When the scores were counted Chalfonts Community College were joint second on points with Dr Challoners Grammar School but due to a count back on the number of games won in the tournament Chalfonts Community College narrowly secured the runners up position by winning 5 more individual games than the eventual third place team.

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FIXTURES Date Monday 5th Dec

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n o i t i t e p m o C Tennis In the individual competition, Sam Pinn and Sonny Dalston both progressed through the early stages until both lost out to the eventual winners in their age groups. This was a really impressive performance from both teams and we wish the Under 13 team all the best for the zonal finals to be played on the 14th of January. Andy Harding Teacher of PE

Under 13 Team - Sonny Dalston, George Terry, Ben Redding, Conan Sugrue Under 16 Team - Max Barrett, Mitchell Cumber, Sam Pinn, Daniel Mcevoy

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. . . s t l u s e r l l a b t Baske On Wednesday 23rd November Chalfonts Year 10 boys basketball played Holmer Green. They won convincingly 43-9. Collins top scorer with 23; Doherty and Banger also contributed with a good amount of scoring. Chalfonts played well defensively keeping the other team to single digits and not allowing them to score in the second half. Jordan Collins 10G2

Chalfonts Community College had its first Year 7 basketball match on Thursday 24th November. The match was away to Chesham Grammar School. It was a very close quarter but they were a more experienced side and despite some good defensive play we fell behind by a couple of points. There were lots of near misses and the match was a close low scoring game with the final score going 14-6 in favor of Chesham Grammar. Steven and Louis scored our baskets. Well done to the whole team on our first outing representing Chalfonts Community College. Steven Elmer 7K2

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Craft Club Craft club have been very busy preparing some fabulous decorations for Christmas. Their first project has been the magnificent snowman which will welcome everyone to Learning Support over the festive period. We still have some fantastic projects to make before Christmas so come along and see what we’re up to... Mrs Beck and Mrs Clark Learning Support Department

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

our y g n i r B lunch! Next big performances are: Chalfont St. Peter Christmas fun night on Friday 2nd December and the Carol Concert on Monday 19th December!

Dates for your Diary 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 12th Dec: Y10 MFL Trip to Lille Y10 ‘Scholars Programme’ - Reading Uni 13th Dec: Y9 Injections Barcelona Trip Information Evening 15th Dec: Presentation Evening - School Hall Y12/13 BTEC PE Careers Trip - Surrey Sports Park 19th Dec: Christmas Carol Concert - Gold Hill Church 20th Dec: 6th Form Panto End of Half Term 2 (Y7-9 at 12.30, Y10-13 at 1.20) Y12/13 Business Trip - Barcelona (returns on 23rd Dec)

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School Experience Days for Potential ITT trainees in Mathematics This is a funded project in which we will work collaboratively with up to 12 schools to develop a day’s high quality school experience for prospective ITT applicants in Secondary Mathematics. The participating schools will benefit from: • • • • •

Support and funding to develop a day’s school experience programme High quality materials to support visitors with information on training routes Well-designed programmes to use in their schools Promotion of experience days to increase interest in their training vacancies Funding to support the time given to potential applicants in school (£50 per day)

Potential applicants in Mathematics School Experience Days will receive: • • • •

Awell-planned day which will give them the opportunity to see what is involved in teaching Maths An understanding of what good Maths teaching looks like Information on how to apply for training Essential school experience to cite on their UCAS application

Please email jbrown@whc.bucks.sch.uk if you would like to be involved

New Parent Governors Following the recent process to find 3 new Parent Governors, I am delighted to inform you that Lisa Andrews, Debbie Dalston and Andrew Spear have been elected. The Governing Body has also appointed Patrick Makoni as our new Member Governor. We look forward to working with our new Governors and would like to thank all candidates for their interest in supporting our school, as well as all parents who voted. Steve Smart Chair of Governors

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Headstones

A thought provoking poem by Lucy Villiers, a year 13 literature student. Lucy was inspired to write on the topic of war after her recent study of ‘Birdsong’ by Sebastian Faulks, a text she is studying in preparation for her A-Level English Literature exam: World War One and its Aftermath, next summer.

When you look at my pale grey, tainted face All you see are the ridges of my identity, Carved and chiselled in to my once smooth and horror free; innocent exterior. You trapped my soul. Between the layers of stone and pain Between the heaven I longed for and the hell I endured. I’m a long way from home, made in Britain and shipped across the English Channel. Delivered to the field and installed underground, ordered to peek above the mud, over the fields that faced the enemy, the wasteland that made my destiny. Retreating isn’t an option, I can’t desert, I’m engraved in stone; engraved in your memory. No longer human. You call me a hero, but you don’t know me. I was alive long before your time, but dead before I truly died. You say you’re sad I’m saddened. I’m nothing more than a name, but I’m more than the un-discovered corpse I once called my friend. He lies under France with a face as still as stone, but no stone to remember his face. We are the headstones. We lost our lives for your freedom and now we’re trapped; in the memory of our existence.

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THE BIG ONE I loved watching the 6th form perform, not only were their performances insane, but the staging and lighting made the gig very professional. All students who took part played or tried a different musical instrument for each of their performances which I thought was amazing because it shows the amount of talent they all have and made the gig more interesting. The lighting by Laurie Deane was especially effective. There was a good mix of older songs and more recent songs which definitely engaged the audience who were of different ages. Overall I think the 6th form music students are amazing musicians and would not be surprised if they pursued music as a full time career. Katie Thorp 11G4

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Work Experience – Placement Opportunities Our Year 10 students will be on work experience from 10 – 14 July 2017 inclusive. If you, or the organisation you work within are interested in the concept of introducing a young person to the workplace and giving them an insight into a particular work choice area it would be great to hear from you. For more information or to register an opportunity, please contact: andreagilbey@chalfonts.org / Direct Line: 01753 881744. Andrea Gilbey Work Experience Coordinator

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Advance Notice: Local College Fair Wednesday 11th January 2017 Representatives from local colleges have been invited to The Chalfonts Community College on Wednesday 11 January 2017. Year 11 students will have the opportunity to learn about the range of courses, entry requirements at the different levels, transport arrangements etc. The event will take place in the LRC at lunchtime. Colleges represented will be: Langley/Windsor (East Berkshire College), Uxbridge College, Amersham & Wycombe College, Henley College, BCA and Aylesbury College. There will also be a representative from Inspiring the Future – Apprenticeship Support. Andrea Gilbey LRC Manager

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The A-level Fine Art and Photography students have produced a huge amount of work in response to their trip to either Madrid or London, which was on display as part of the Sixth Form Open Evening. The students were inspired by the city they visited to create photographic collections and pieces ranging from refined intricate drawings to bold expressive brushstrokes on a canvas. When all work was grouped together it filled the space with an abundance of variety and colour.

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Mr Denial gave out prizes in recognition of the hard work and effort and said how impressed he was at the high standard and volume of artistic and creative talent at The Chalfonts Community College. He added that a visit to year 13 Art class inspired his first tweets.

Best all round Art - Phoebe Hedges Best all round Photography - Becky Williams Best Photo Grid Art - Lucy Villiers Best Photo/Photography - Charlie Wright Best effort Art - Olivia Rodriguez-Calvo Best effort Photography - Izzy Cockram Best photo grid photography - Charlotte Gilson Best artwork - Natasha Ward

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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. Apply to Carole Fadipe or Barbara Pestell on 01753 881 781 or by email: carolefadipe@chalfonts.org

Twitter We now have a Sixth Form Twitter account to see useful information relating to the Sixth Form and post 18 education and work choices. Follow us:

@ccc6thform

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 20


News from the Medical Room and Lost Property Immunisations for Students in Year 9 The Year 9 injections will be on Tuesday 13th December. Please ensure that students have breakfast that morning and that they wear a short-sleeved shirt as the nurses need to get to the top of their arms. The time-table for attendance will be available nearer the time. If parents/carers haven’t returned the Vaccination Consent form please will they do so ASAP.

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 students’ 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.

Gayle Romney Medical Administrator/First Aider/Lost Property 01753 881627 gayleromney@chalfonts.org Page 21

Workshop for Students who are prescribed an Adrenaline Auto-Injector Thank you to students, and their ‘buddies’, who attended the Epipen Workshops. We hope you found this useful and enabled to feel more confident about recognising the symptoms of a severe allergic reaction.

Students using crutches following an operation or injury 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.

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.


Principal; Russell Denial Narcot Lane, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, SL9 8TP 01753 882032 info@chalfonts.org

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