The Chalfonts Community
“Success is an Attitude...” Issue 6 - 4th December 2017
Welcome to this edition of the Chronicle at a busy time of year. Firstly I would like to thank all parents and students for coming to our annual Parents’ Consultation Day. I hope you found answers to your questions and got a clear and up to date picture of how your child is performing in their academic studies and progression at school. Please note that appointments for all Parents’ evenings will now be done via the electronic booking system.
Imran Vahora Vice Principal
Last November, we carried out a parent survey to learn more about your thoughts, feelings and attitudes towards the college. By completing the survey you have helped us improve the quality of education we provide and I would like to provide you with some feedback on your comments and suggestions on the following page. A full report will be emailed separately to all parents. We will also soon be carrying out this year’s parent survey and I would like every parent to have their say in how we can work together to raise standards even higher.
In other news, students from Years 10 to 13 took on the task of the UKMT senior maths challenge and I would like to commend Gaurav in Year 10 who scored in the top 10% nationally. In sport, the PE department hosted the Ability Games Festival on Thursday 23rd November and invited schools from across the borough to compete in inclusive sports. To boost Literacy at the college, Miss Brooks has been holding year group Spelling Bee competitions, the final of which is on 14th December. I want to remind all parents to actively encourage their child to visit the library and read as widely as possible as Literacy underpins all learning. Looking at the month ahead, we have the Year 11 mock exams, the Sixth Form Parents Evening on the 7th December and a trip to Lille in France for Year 10s. Our Year 13 Performing Arts students would also like to invite the public to their production of ‘9 to 5’ at the Watford Pump House Theatre on Wednesday 13th at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £10 and will sell out quickly! On a different note, to kick-start the festive season, we are taking part in the national ‘Christmas Jumper Day’ on Friday 15th. The music department will hold their annual Christmas Carol concert on Monday 18th. The Principal, Mr Denial would also like to invite all parents to the next coffee morning at the college on Wednesday 6th for an informal chat. I look forward to seeing many students and parents at these events. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all students, staff and parents for all their hard work during what is the longest term of the academic calendar and wish you all a very Happy Christmas.
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SUMMARY FEEDBACK FROM THE 2016-2017 PARENT SURVEY Last November, we carried out a parent survey as we wanted to learn more about your thoughts, feelings and attitudes towards your child's school. This survey was a chance for you to tell us what you think about The Chalfonts Community College concerning different aspects of the parent/school relationship. By completing the survey you helped us improve the quality of education we provide. We have worked hard this year to improve the educational experience for all children and I would like to respond to your comments and suggestions in a little more detail below. The following is a brief summary of the full report which will be emailed out separately and it will provide more detail for each of your comments and suggestions. You said: Staff recruitment and retention needs to improve We did: We, like most schools in the area face challenges with recruitment. However, we now have a full complement of teachers. Staff retention has improved with very few staff leaving in comparison to previous years. You said: The behaviour of students around the college, in lessons and on the buses needs to improve We did: We have taken on board all your comments and revised our ‘Behaviour for Learning’ policy which is now very clear in our expectations. You said: Uniform & make-up, especially short skirts needs addressing We did: We now have senior members of staff on early morning gate and bus duty who meet and greet students as they come into College and address any uniform issues. Students then have up to 48 hours to rectify the issues and parents are informed about infringements of uniform. You said: The college website needs updating as it lacks important information for parents on individual subject areas and needs a live feed on upcoming events. We did: Following feedback we have redesigned our College website, ensuring the latest information is available for parents and students. You said: Reports could do with a short comment as they are data heavy and impersonal We did: Students make better progress if teachers are focussed on giving effective feedback in lessons. If parents require more information, we have put in place several face to face meetings. You said: Homework is either too much or not enough We did: The college policy is that all students are given one piece of homework per subject per week. We have set the following daily guideline: •
KS3 are expected to spend up to 30-45 minutes
KS4 are expected to spend up to 45-60 minutes
KS5 are expected to spend up to as many hours of independent study as they have lessons.
You said: What extra-curricular activities are on offer and how can students get a late bus home? We did: Up to date information on all clubs and activities on offer is available on the College website. Students are always able to get onto a later bus if arranged with College reception staff beforehand. You said: The key strengths of the college are:
Most teachers genuinely care; most teachers go the extra mile to support pupils; the Learning Support team is a great asset to the school; there are a lot of activities and clubs for all students to get involved in; you give every student the opportunity to reach their full potential and you treat every child as an individual. These are just a few of the hundreds of encouraging comments written by parents on the last survey. On a final note, I would like to thank every parent who took the time to complete this survey and helped us identify areas that we as a College needed to improve. With the support of parents and our committed staff this is something we can achieve together. The Chalfonts Community College is a â€˜Good and improving schoolâ€™. Ofsted 2017 Mr Imran Vahora, Assistant Principal
The Chalfonts Communtiy College is again supporting Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day. On 15th December 2017 your son/daughter can come to College wearing a Christmas jumper with their school uniform. All we ask is that a donation is made, which will go to Save the Children. Further details will go out via tutors,but with a few shopping days between now and the Christmas Jumper Day; I thought you might want to find that jumper and purchase it, or start knitting. Giles Scoble Vice Principal
The Ability Games I took part in the Ability Games on Thursday 23rd November 2017, which took place at The Chalfonts Community College. There were many different sports in this competition. Some I have never heard of such as boccia, polybat, sitting volleyball, sports hall athletics, golf and curling. I thought the competition was run really well and I really enjoyed taking part. I particularly liked the sport polybat as it was the most exciting and fun; it reminded me of table tennis. I would like to have more of these activities because it includes people with disabilities so everyone can take part in this. Everybody enjoyed it because it was really fun and exciting especially as The Chalfonts Community College won the competition. By Archie Hill, Year 7 The Chalfonts Community College
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Apprenticeship Live Broadcasts – Sixth Form We have recently been introduced to ‘Apprenticeships Live’ where schools in England can access the very latest apprenticeship information direct from employers and their apprentices through a live broadcast. The first session regarding the BBC was delivered on Tuesday, 28th November. The sessions are 20 – 30 minutes long and will take place at 9am in a designated room. The purpose is to provide students with information covering the latest opportunities, the skills employers are looking for, the recruitment process and how students can best prepare themselves for working life after school or college. The BBC presentation was really interesting and informative and started with a short video about apprenticeships and working within the BBC. We learnt about the different levels of apprenticeships they offer, from level 3 up to degree level. They talked about the Business Management Higher Apprenticeship Scheme which is a 2 year scheme, leading to a degree. The apprentices spoke about working at the BBC and we were able to ask questions via the webinar. Two of the female apprentices are studying for a degree in Broadcasting Engineering over three years and learning about the technology behind all BBC TV and radio. Their scheme involves six placements in different areas across the business. The BBC Resourcing Manager, Naomi was very helpful and covered: •
The number of apprenticeships that the BBC take each year – approximately 150!
How to make a CV stand out from the crowd
The recruitment process
Naomi also mentioned that the BBC is currently recruiting for Software Engineering (Coding/Websites/ iplayer) and Cyber Security. In March, they will be recruiting for Journalism and Production. The BBC session was recorded and we will be playing it back to any interested students over the next few weeks. We are very lucky to have the following sessions coming up over the next few months. Any Year 13s interested in attending these webinars or watching the BBC recorded session will need to sign up for them on the noticeboard in the Sixth Form. •
Gloucester Care Services NHS Trust
Robertson Construction – Quantity Surveying
• TUI • Specsavers •
Christine Sanders Leader for Employability Page 5
Everyday is Liberty Day The week commencing 20th November we fundraised in honour of Liberty Grace Schurer who sadly lost her life to cancer last month aged fourteen. Liberty had been a close friend of many of our Year 9 students and they were greatly affected by it.
Sadie Lucas, one of Liberty’s best friends, wanted to continue Liberty’s fundraising after she passed away as it had been her wish to support other children with research into Ewings Sarcoma. From Tuesday to Thursday we had cake sales and a mixed netball tournament with twenty-one teams entered including a teachers team who played the students – that got the crowds worked up!
It was a hugely successful event and we managed to raise ÂŁ565.69 for the Liberty Grace Schurer Remembrance Page with all donations going to Ewings Sarcoma Research Trust. I cannot thank enough the students who contributed their time by organising cake sales, umpiring games, helping with set-up, entering a team and generally supporting with a donation. We as a department are very proud of our students and will always support in any way we can with fundraising through sports events. Naomi Noble, Teacher of P.E
And itâ€™s off with your hair! Also getting into the spirit of things were Jasmine Bennet, Gracie Gittens and Lulu Hassle who went along to Brox Hairdressers to have their hair cut off. The hair was then donated to The Little Princess Trust which provides real hair wigs free of charge to children and young adults up to the age of 24, who have sadly lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses.
You may remember from a previous edition of the Chronicle that our intermediate boys swimming team of James Convery, Jack Eden, Billy Lee-Knowles and Max McGarvie had qualified for the National Relay Finals in the Olympic pool in Stratford. I believe that this is only the second time in Chalfonts’ history that we’ve had a team reach this stage of the competition – the last time was in 2015 with three of the same team members! To put this into perspective, they were already one of the thirty quickest secondary school swimming teams in over 3000 schools that could have entered the nationwide event. The finals took place on Saturday 18th November at the London Aquatics Centre; a pool graced by Olympic legends such as Michael Phelps and Rebecca Adlington! Each of the thirty quickest qualifiers from all over the country were placed in one of three “heats”, with any team that qualified in any of the top 10 fastest times from these “heats” racing in the overall final later in the day. The boys competed in both a 4x50m Medley Relay and a 4x50m Freestyle Relay. The standard and speed of the races were unbelievable, as the top schools for swimming such as Millfield School, Plymouth College and Mount Kelly battled for the top prizes – these schools are basically feeder schools for the UK’s Olympic standard swimmers. Our team put in some exceptional performances in the heats of both races, finishing 15th overall in the 4x50m Medley and 10th overall in the 4x50m Freestyle. The placing in the latter ensured we qualified for the overall final later in the day; a feat that we didn’t quite achieve two years ago! Proving that the qualifying times were accurate, in the final we again finished 10th, securing our place as the 10th quickest team in the country! Huge congratulations to Billy, James, Max & Jack; officially our fastest ever swim team!
Mr H D’Arcy, Leader for PE
Congratulations to Simar Singh in Year 9 who has won a gold medal at Wycombe Judo Club. Simar said: “In my other school I used to come home stressed and couldn’t concentrate on my activities. Since I joined Chalfonts Community College, my confidence has grown and I am so proud to have achieved this Gold medal”. Miss Gemma Whitehead Year 9 Leader
To boost Literacy at the college, Miss Brooks has been hosting Spelling Bee competitions which allow students in all year groups to win certificates. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in Years 7 to 9 will go head to head to win the Junior Spelling Bee Champion trophy and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in Years 10 to 13 will vie for the Senior Spelling Bee Champion trophy.
Brilliant turn-out of both contestants & supporters
Some excellent and speedy spellers competing this
for the Year 7 Spelling Bee Competition. Some really
week in the Yr8 Spelling Bee. Took a while to crack
tough scientific words - they did well!
some of them.
First: Reece Butler
First: Deeksha Pant
Second: Ted Bartlett
Second: Alex Pavlov
Third: Tor Fenn
Third: Daniel Buckley
Lots of supporters turned out for the Year 9
Year 10 sailed through the spellings for their round
Spelling Bee - some familiar faces there from last
in the Spelling Bee.
year. First: Pranavi Kanagarajah
First: Gaurav Pant
Second: Zakariya Abdel Baari
Second: Hannah Hussain
Third: Jess Baird
Third: Finn Mitchell Page 10
A famous writer, Henry James, once said that there are three things in human life which are important: the first is to be kind, the second is to be kind and the third is to be kind. This has been our focus during Anti-Bullying week. We engaged with the initiative set up by ‘This Morning’, the ITV breakfast show, called ‘#BeKind’. This challenged our students and staff to be kind, instead of hurtful, to one another. In assemblies, PHSCE lessons and during tutor times students were shown videos made by ITV on: • how it feels to be bullied • how even one word spoken or sent through social media can destroy a person with consequences for others • not to suffer in silence, enforced by the statement ‘Do not let anyone take your smile and not speak out!’ As Henry James said being kind is something staff and students should focus on. A display board has been set up in reception where students and staff can anonymously write down an act of kindness they have done for somebody else. Being kind is not just a week’s challenge; it is something to keep doing as a kind world is one we all want to live in. Paul Snoddy Head of RE, Citizenship and PHSE
A huge thank you
to all those who gave their
time and made contributions to our Christmas Extravanaganza
you helped raise over £1,800!!
Merry Xmas It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas now that The Chalfonts Community College Christmas Extravaganza has taken place and we are extremely grateful to all those who supported this event and helped raise a fantastic £1,855 towards facilities for the students. Christmas elves helped wrap prizes, move tables, sell tickets, man stalls, gave or collected donations, created or put up posters, tidied up and did all the other jobs that go into making this event a success. So thank you everyone – you are all Christmas stars! Thank you also to all the stall holders, to the office/admin staff for sending out endless emails and texts to help drum up support, to the site team for putting out tables and a special thank you to Hilton King Locke Estate gents who helped market the event. The CCCA would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas.
Celebrating Student Leadership This week sees the installation of our new honours board for the recognition of the head boys and girls at The Chalfonts Community College. The board shows the names of those who took on this prestigious role since their re-introduction in 2012. Our current head boy and head girl, Llewelyn and Kate, are hugely pleased with it and hope that this will inspire many students in the years to come to aim for their name to be proudly displayed. We hope you will look at it in reception during your next visit to the College. The second round of Student Voice meetings went ahead last week and we have seen some brilliant discussions. Year 7 Student Voice applications have been received and there have been some excellent entries! Mrs Court Director of Student Leadership
Can you guess the books from their contents pages? If so, enter the LRCâ€™s latest competition! Ask for an entry form in the LRC office The winner will be awarded a prize!!
Please return your library books which are overdue Page 14
Art had an unexpected twist when Mr Hodderâ€™s group 7k3 produced some beautiful colour wheels for their homework. CAKES!!! Art in the school enriches all subjects and this just shows what students can do creatively, bringing a number of disciplines together in a celebration of colour understanding.
Parent/Carers Coffee Morning 9.30 to 11am Wednesday 6th December Meet the principal, Russell Denial and other members of the Senior Leadership Team. No appointment required. Page 15
The Chalfonts Community College is working in partnership with School Lettings Solutions to utilise our facilities during evenings, weekends and school holidays, creating a community network with clubs and groups within the area. SLS have a dedicated School Leisure and Sports Manager who is responsible for taking bookings of the facilities, ensuring that the main focus for school staff is pupil attainment and day-to-day responsibilities. Facilities include an astro turf pitch, gymnasium, grass pitches & much more. To hire a facility or for more information about what SLS can offer, please visit their dedicated lettings website http://chalfonts.schoolbookings.co.uk/ or contact the School Leisure and Sports Manager on 0151 515 6556
We would welcome donations of PE kit that students have grown out of or no longer need. This includes old trainers and football boots too. The PE department need as much spare kit as possible. Itâ€™s extremely useful for when students forget to bring theirs in. We can then give them spares to participate.
Please deliver to reception
Sports Fixures Date
9B & 10B 10A 12/13
Netball Netball Basketball
Dr Challoners Amersham Dr Challoners
Home Away Away
KTC CHG DCY
1700 1730 1730
8A & 8B
9A & 10A/B
7A & 7B
Mon 11th Dec
Thurs 14th Dec
Chesham Grammar Away
Mon 4th Dec
Tues 5th Dec
Weds 6th Dec
Approx Pick up time
Dates for your Diary Tues 5th Dec - Y10 Beauty Trip - Y12 Musc Exam Performance - 7pm - 10pm Thurs 7th Dec - Y12/13 Parents’ Evening 4:30pm - 7:00pm Fri 8th Dec - Y10 French Trip Mon 11th to 13th Dec - Y13 BTEC PA ‘Music Theatre’ Production (includes Y12 BTEC PA students) Mon 11th Dec - Y10 - Reading Scholars Visit Weds 13th Dec - Y13 BTEC PA Production Thurs 14th Dec - GCSE+A-Level Presentations Evening - Times Fri 15th Dec - Christmas Jumper Day Mon 18th Dec - Christmas Carol Concert at Goldhill Baptist Church Tues 19th Dec - End of HT 2 (Y7-9 12:30; Y10-13 13:20) Page 17
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Injections for Year 9 will be done in February; these are the tetanus, diphtheria & polio (TD/IPV) booster and Meningococcal groups ACWY to protect against these strains of meningitis. Consent forms will be e-mailed to parents before Christmas. Instructions for their return will be sent with the forms. Please return them by the date given. Gayle Romney Medical Officer Page 18
News from the Medical Room and Lost Property Medical Time-Out cards 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 we have had some abuse 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 don’t need to explain to each teacher why they need to leave the room.
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.
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 recycled after a couple of weeks as there isn’t any storage space for the quantities of items received.
Use of the Medical Room Reminder for students that the medical room is open at break and lunch-time for students to ‘Drop-In’. It is only open during and between lessons for accidents and medical emergencies.
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 19
Medical Administrator/First Aider/Lost Property 01753 881627 email@example.com
Principal; Russell Denial Narcot Lane, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, SL9 8TP 01753 882032 firstname.lastname@example.org