The Chalfonts Community
“Success is an Attitude...” Issue 18 - 16th July 2018
Another year draws to a close at The Chalfonts Community College and as always it has been a year with huge successes and lots to celebrate. As I write this article, we will have just had the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award expedition return from Poland, a Year 10 trip return from Auschwitz,Krakow as well as the departing Word Challenge trip to Croatia. I can’t wait for the updates from all of these trips and hopefully you have seen the progress on our twitter feed https://twitter.com/CCChalfonts. It was this time last year in Zambia that our students dug a 200 metre water trench to enable fresh running water into a local school for the first time, ever! Exciting times for
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many of our students. It is also something that I passionately believe in; experiences and life changing opportunities beyond the classroom.
This is what a CCC student is all about. Success is indeed an attitude. We have more students working on the Duke of Edinburgh scheme than any other school in Buckinghamshire. It is also the time of year where we must give some thought and best wishes to our students that have just finished their examination season. Obviously, results and outcomes are essential in a school’s journey and a prerequisite to a school being judged by external bodies. Our Year 11 have just finished their GCSEs, they have had a fabulous leaver’s assembly (the baby pictures were a favourite part for me) and a wonderful Prom night. Thursday 23rd of August is the date we will be there to meet our Year 11, as they collect their results. The 24th August will be the enrolment day for Post 16 study; again, we will see many of our students there. It is also the time our Year 13, ‘move on’ to the next stage in their lives as they finally leave us after seven wonderful years. Some off to university, some off to travel, some to work and some move into professional training. Exciting times ahead and all of us wish them the very best of luck in all that they do. We do hope they come back to join us for our presentation evening in December. Last week was a very busy week as we hosted five other secondary schools for a joint training day with over 600 staff. We also had Transition Day for our new students in September. Apparently, also, I have heard rumours, there was a football match which involved a penalty shootout success? Think I may have missed it! The Year 10 students do keep telling me ‘It’s coming home Sir!’. I wish I had their confidence. (cont...)
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cont...We have now finalised the ‘new’ school day and our planning from a school’s point of view is complete. Like many of you, we are just waiting to hear the final bus times, but as a school, having all students starting the school day together, with a tutor time, and leaving together will be fantastic. We will communicate all logistical issues and plans over the summer so that we can ensure the safest arrival and departure for all. Monday 3rd September will be a staff training day. Our new Year 7 and 12 will be joining us on Tuesday 4th September. School will resume normal business on Wednesday 5th September for all students. I wish you all a fantastic break and for those on holiday – enjoy! I look forward to our continued work together in the next academic year. My final note and a quote that has struck a chord with me that I thought I would share with you: ‘Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain’
Staff versus Sixth Formers Cricket Match If the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton, ‘resilience’ was built at the battle of the Coleshill cauldron. With humidity levels reminiscent of scenes from the film 12 Angry Men, 12 angry men took to the field at Coleshill. In an era of fake news, WAY engineered a fake toss so that the 6th Form could bat first and ensure that we weren’t home in time to watch Eggheads. Sixth Formers were given the opportunity to ‘retire’ if a player scored a lot of runs to allow more players to get a bat; a ruling that didn’t need to be afforded to us, although there are a few of us who many think should be retired! As you would expect in the era of twitter there was plenty of ‘chirp’ on both sides but the sledging was always carried out in the right spirit which I think says a lot for our students. The 6th form amassed 157 in 20 overs with runs from Tom McLeod and Llewelyn Woodman. Leybourne, our mystery spinner - it’s a mystery how he got so many wickets – was the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets. It was always going to be a challenging target and runs from Harding, Puni and Leybourne, plus more extras than a Ricky Gervais series ensured a semi respectable total of 99 all out. Ultimately though, camaraderie and the spirit of cricket were the winners! Thank you to the staff who came to watch, and to the Ansell clan for the cream tea. Martyn Way, Head of Sixth Form Page 2
Rivertime Accessible Regatta, 13th June 2018 On Wednesday, 13th June 2018, I attended the Rivertime Accessible Regatta. I went Canadian Canoeing on the Thames, which was great fun even though I got stuck and needed to be rescued. I went on some form of speed boat and did a boat race. During my spare time I played with the Marlow Ukulele Group. I really enjoyed myself as I had never done this before and I really hope to go along next year! Lukas Ross, 8G4.
Spencer Powell attended the Hollingsworth Taekwondo tournament recently, initially as a judge.He then changed into his dobok (uniform) to compete and landed another Gold medal. This adds to the other 6 Golds and 2 Silvers he has won since the competitions started in November. Quite an impressive tally, but this is all due to hard work and dedication.
A Level Art & Photography Exhibition 2018 On Thursday, 21st June 2018, parents, students, staff and friends came to celebrate the work produced by our extremely talented Fine Art and Photography A-Level students at their annual Art Exhibition.
The exhibition consisted of large scale oil paintings, sculpture and photographic prints amongst other disciplines made by Fine Art and Photography students in response to trips to Berlin and London and their coursework and exam themes. Hannah Potter received the prestigious Christopher Chevasse Prize of ÂŁ100 from The Arts Society Chiltern (CDFAS) by their representative Meg Blunsdon. CDFAS have supported The Chalfonts Art Department for some years and is a wonderful organisation whom we are very grateful to have supporting us. The members of the Art team are extremely proud of the hard work and skill that our students have demonstrated in producing exciting and ambitious work. We wish our students all the very best as they go onto university and embark on the next stage of their education. The Art Team
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Year 12 Art and Photography students were joined by the Art and Digital Art Year 10 Curriculum Leaders on a journey through the eyes of world renowned artist Stanley Spencer. Students spent the day at The Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham for a gallery lecture, guided tour around Cookham and then recreated some of Spencer's famous artworks.
The students particularly enjoyed walking in Stanley Spencer's footsteps and did lots of sketching and photography while they were out and about. The talk about his work in the gallery was really stimulating and gave the students lots of ideas on how to create their own work. The trip was sponsored by The Art Society Chilterns, who have worked very closely with the Art Department for a number of years now. We are privileged to have their support and encouragement for the success of our students. Kristi Blick, Leader for Art & Photography
Year 10 Work Experience - 9th to 13th July 2018 As I write this piece for The Chronicle I am finalising arrangements with employers and students for their work experience placements. Our students have found some very exciting opportunities and I am sure they are going to benefit enormously from their experiences in the ‘World of Work’. To give you an idea of the range of work placements; today I have spoken to Microsoft, Xerox, Silversons, Pure Football Opportunities, Nathan’s Farm, Creative Media Skills, a variety of local primary schools, The Deep Water Stage at Pinewood and the list goes on and on. Our students are very fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in work experience and there is a lot of paperwork which has to be completed to ensure their safety. Thank you to parents/guardians and indeed employers for your patience and understanding in providing the necessary forms, certificates etc. Please can parents/guardians encourage our Year 10 students to complete their work experience journals daily so they can record all the skills they are acquiring and developing. Upon their return to school on 16th July, students will spend time with their tutors debriefing. This will be an opportunity to share experiences and learn about different work choices. Andrea Gilbey Leader for Work Experience
Career Related Opportunities: Please can I remind you to look at the school’s website for career related opportunities/announcements. At this time of year particularly, local employers contact the school to advertise vacancies and apprenticeship opportunities. https://www.chalfonts.org/ceiag-news Page 6
Seven of our Sixth Formers, Michael Day, Jamie Woods, Freya Start, Lucy Magor, Elly Mackenzie, Jeyne Joubert and Lucy Brooker, signed up for a development opportunity to deliver a ‘World of Work’ programme to the Year 6 students of St Joseph’s Catholic School in Chalfont St Peter. This took place over two mornings and involved the students in presenting and facilitating several activities with the children. Research shows that children do better in school if they have work aspirations and, to have aspirations, they need to know which jobs exist and what it is like to do them. The more people children meet and talk to about work, the more they learn about and succeed in work. The ‘World of Work’ programme encourages children to consider lots of different roles and allows them to meet a few professionals and ask them questions about their day to day work. The activities include: a Careers Trump Card game, Pictionary and some self-reflection about employability skills. Our students were such great ambassadors; responding to questions, initiating discussions and encouraging the Year 6 students to participate in the activities. They were leading classes of 25 children on their own, keeping them both engaged and interested. This experience will have given the Sixth Formers some amazing evidence to add to their personal statements, CVs and Linkedin profiles! Here are some of the comments from the students about having the Sixth Formers delivering the sessions: • The Sixth Formers did a fantastic job of teaching and delivering the sessions to us • The Sixth Formers made the workshop really fun and exciting • The Sixth Formers were very engaging and helpful • I felt smart because they told me so much • It was really fun and inspiring • It was fun to do activities with them • Really, really nice; I hope I see you in CCC one day • It felt good that people from CCC came and taught us • They are helpful and kind • We were delighted to see from the feedback that 100% of the students said they would recommend
the programme to their colleagues. We hope to run the programme again next year, with our new Year 12s! Christine Sanders, Leader for Employability Page 7
Leavers Assembly and Ball On Friday 18th May we said goodbye to our Year 13 students with an afternoon assembly, followed by a Leavers’ Ball at The Pinewood Hotel.
The assembly showcased the highlights of their time at The College and awards voted for by teachers and their peers were presented. The Ball was a ‘black tie’ event with some glamorous outfits on the red carpet. A big thank you to the Leavers Ball committee for helping to organise the event and a special thank you to Karen Ilsley who helped so much to make the evening a success.
We wish Year 13s well with their future endeavours and look forward to some great results in August.
Sixth Form News Martyn Way Leader for sixth form
Alumni News Congratulations to Tilly Stewart for achieving a 1st class degree in Mathematics and to Sally Garner for gaining a 1st class degree in Physiotherapy specialising in sports injuries.
Work Experience/Personal Development week From 16th-20th July, Year 12 students will be taking part in a week of Work Experience/Personal Development. Students have organised their own work placements to give them some knowledge and understanding of different industry sectors and to help them to decide on their future education and career pathways. Experience and skills gained can be included on Personal Statements for university and CVs for apprenticeship and job applications.
During this week, others will be embarking on various Personal Development activities such as working on extended projects, developing portfolios of photography and artwork, volunteering at various hospitals and schools, visiting local law courts, attending university experience courses and supporting specific departments or activities in school.
Year 11 Enrolment for Sixth Form We will shortly be sending out information to Year 11 parents regarding Sixth Form Enrolment which takes place on Friday 24th August; the day after GCSE results. Please note that you only need to attend on Enrolment Day if you have not achieved the grades to take up your place on the courses offered. If you have achieved the entry requirements we will see you on 4th September for Year 12 Induction Day. Page 9
Champions!! Congratulations to the U15 cricket team who, after beating Princes Risborough School in the final, are now the 2018 Senior Trophy County Champions! Having beaten both Cressex and Amersham schools, on Monday 2nd July the team headed off to RGS High Wycombe for the annual "finals day". After winning the toss, Risborough elected to bat first but quickly found themselves under pressure. Some superb opening bowling from Matthew Holdship and Taran Sagoo saw their first three batsmen off as the opposition was reduced to 27-3. Bowling changes followed, but the wickets kept falling as Mitchell Cumber, Max Giggins and Toby Collins all struck to leave Risborough flailing on 56-9. A strong final wicket partnership saw Risborough finish on a creditable 90 all out in the 19th, of 20 overs. Chasing 91 to win, our openers also found the going tough against two pacey opening bowlers. The two batting innings were pretty similar in runs and wickets as we quickly found ourselves at 37-3 and under some pressure to get the win. Fortunately, Dan McEvoy and Harry D'Amaro-Field steadied the ship a little, as did Alex Deacon after McEvoy's wicket fell. As we moved on to 61-5 there was still work to be done when Simar Singh stepped up to the wicket. An unbroken 30 run partnership between Simar and Harry, which included some terrific shots, meant we eventually won by 5 wickets with 3 overs to spare. Well done to the team on a terrific performance and season! The team pictured are David Peterschinigg, Simar Singh, Daniel McEvoy, Matthew Holdship, Taran Sagoo, Harry D'Amaro-Field, Sam Fenner, Alex Deacon, Max Giggins, Mitchell Cumber, Will Mincham and, not forgetting, Jess Holdship and Luke Bishop who both couldnâ€™t make the final day!
Rocket Cars Final Race to the Finish Fifty-seven school teams from all around England took part in the national STEM competition at RAF Wittering, Lincolnshire on Thursday 28th June. Cars which the students had constructed were raced to find the fastest time across a set distance. CCC was placed 7th overall with their car crossing the speed gate at 56mph, an amazing result! The students who took part were: Mimi Rogers, Mason Rogers, Keira Tighe and Alex Hamilton-Cox. They really enjoyed themselves and we would like to thank them for participating in this wonderful competition. Alex Hinge, Teacher of Engineering
Congratulations to Aleksandar Pavlov (Year 8) who entered the ‘Young Writers’ Poetry Competition’ and did brilliantly. His inspirational poem, ‘The Unearthly Chasm’ has now been published in the Young Writers’ Anthology, ‘The Poetry Games.’
The Unearthly Chasm - By Aleksander Pavlov There are many things down this inky black abyss, much more to see than the naked eye can perceive. There are more colours in this profound gorge than anywhere in the multiverse, that we do not even dare to ponder in our small fleshy brains. In fact, this unobservable phenomenon puts us to shame and mocks our existence. For that, we are irresponsible and homuncular creatures. This object in space-time has existed forever, much longer than even our own cosmos. It has witnessed our very creation, it does not age; time simply bends around this hole in the fabric of space. This perplexing flaw in the space-time continuum contains information, valuable information that could change the future of worlds. Cryptid civilisations unknown to humans yet, know of it; fear it's power to change everything ever known to them. This unsolvable puzzle alters our universal rules, it's the most minuscule of things; smaller than a quark but also the greatest, most prodigious object to exist! What is it, for we shall never know. It will continue to baffle our greatest minds and the ones who know of its existence. This is what we must call... and Unearthly Chasm.
Reading Scholars Programme On Wednesday 4th July, a small group of Year 10 students visited Reading University for the fourth part of the ‘Reading Scholars Programme.’ The purpose of this programme is to help raise aspirations of the students and introduce them to higher education and what it could mean for them. There are 7 schools on this programme and there were 5 schools present on this day. The students started the day with a short team building exercise where they had to gather as many items from a list as they could. For the next period, they were split into groups and worked on debating skills with an organisation called ‘Debate Mate’ who offer communication training to professionals at all stages of their career. They have worked with apprentices and trainees up to Board level executives and CEOs across legal, finance, media, sport, hospitality and retail sectors. The students spent some time creating arguments about various subjects, using the PEEL acronym – Point, Explain, Evidence and Link and then practised the skill. The final part of this programme will be at the end of September/early October when we will be attending a revision workshop at the University, which should be really useful for the GCSEs later in the year! Christine Sanders, Leader for Employability
Sixth Form visit Museum of Empire at Canary Wharf in London The A level History group recently travelled into London to visit the London Docklands Museum at Canary Wharf. For well over one hundred years London docks was the First Port of Empire. The area was known as the warehouse to the world. Imports and exports came through the London docks bringing in exotic goods from all parts of the British Empire. This included tea from India, silk from the Far East, lamb from New Zealand, cotton from America, sugar from the West Indies and coffee from Africa and South America. The museum gives a glimpse into what life was like at that time and the impact of the docks on London and the people who lived in the area. As part of our day out in London, the students walked under the Thames from the Isle of Dogs to Greenwich through the Victorian pedestrian tunnel beneath the Thames. We arrived in Greenwich to see the Cutty Sark a tea clipper from Empire that would travel to China and India to bring back tea. A great day out that truly brought history to life. Mr Leybourne, History Department
Screen Acting Workshop The Chalfonts Community College Drama department invited students from across the college to participate in an ‘Introduction to Screen Acting Workshop’ run by Middleweek Newton Academy of Film & Theatre. They are one of London’s leading acting agencies for young, raw talent.
Students learned: •
how to perform for the camera
about the different skills required, acting for a camera, in contrast to theatre acting
some of the technical terminology
how to learn a scene
about breaking a scene down into shots
about filming close-ups
about acting as an extra in the background
It was a fantastic three hours for our Years 8,9,10 & 12 students and we are looking forward to them returning next year for more! MN Academy runs workshops for 11 to 18 year olds on Saturdays at Windsor Girls School from 2pm to 5pm. On the 15th September, there will be a free Open Day. If you are interested in finding out more please see Mrs Adams. Catherine Adams, Acting Leader for Drama
Year 10 Humbled by Jewish Experiences in Auschwitz On Friday 6th July, 49 students from Year 10 waited patiently at Heathrow Terminal 5 to get on a plane to travel, for what was to be both an emotional and educational journey as well as one full of fun, laughter and comradery. For some of our students, to be on a plane was very exciting as they had never been abroad. As a surprise Ms Tahmazian arranged for those students to visit the cockpit and meet the pilot which made the trip extra special. Upon our arrival, the students had some free time to look around the medieval town of Krakow. This included Wawel Castle and the town square where the clock tower has a trumpeter playing each hour instead of the more traditional peal of bells. After a night of fun and relaxation, we readied ourselves for the most surreal experience of Auschwitz the next day. Our Guides led the groups from barrack to barrack to look at simple displays of devastating intensity. We were told to reflect on the fact that every pair of glasses, every suitcase and hairbrush once had an owner. One of the most horrifying displays was a room with a glass cabinet of human hair banked in grey clouds that stretched the expanse of half the room. A lot of students were rendered speechless when they realised the scale of this evil against people just like them. This intensified as we stopped in front of one small glass display which contained childrenâ€™s tiny shoes. The harrowing nature of the holocaust gained another layer as we realised that the atrocities against the Jewish race spared no one, not even children.
We were then escorted by bus to the second part of the camp known as Auschwitz II (Birkenau) which showed the massive scale of the tragedy with hundreds of barracks, including the seven destroyed gas chambers. The Jewish people who were evacuated into this nightmarish place lived 16 to a wooden shelf, smaller than a table in width until they died of ill treatment or in a gas chamber, with no human dignity. The daunting silence followed us throughout the visit, with no birds in the air as if nature itself was silent in respect of the 1.2 million people who died in the horrific gas chambers and inhumane living conditions on these soils over 60 years ago. Page 16
After such an emotive morning, we celebrated together with tears and screams of joy as England beat Sweden and qualified for the world cup quarter finals. ‘It’s coming home’ was heard not only by hotel staff but probably by all of Krakow and possibly the players on the pitch in Russia. However, our national pride could not take away from the sadness we felt from the horrors we had seen that morning. We felt our spirits lifted and looked forward to the future whilst remembering the horrors of the past.
That evening we dined in a lovely Italian restaurant in the square and Mr Snoddy took the group to visit Krakow Park to enjoy the fantastic summer weather. On our evening walk, we saw the angry ‘Krakow Dragon’, a statue which actually breathes fire when he’s annoyed, as James and Daniel learnt when they climbed on his tail!
On Sunday, we visited the Jewish quarter in Krakow and went to Galicia museum. This museum houses hundreds of pictures commemorating the memory and the heritage of the Jewish race since the Second World War. One of the highlights of the trip was a talk from a World War 2 Jewish survivor, Monica Goldvasser. Monica, whose parents bravely gave her up when she was just 18 months old in order to survive Nazi persecution, spoke about her survival. The talk allowed students and staff to reflect upon how privileged they are to live in a country and College community which places enormous importance upon values such as tolerance and forgiveness. Monica herself was also noticeably moved by the appreciation shown by the students. She ended with a phrase which reflects on the evil we had seen by the Nazis against men, women and children ‘Never Again, Never Again must this evil happen’. Paul Snoddy, Leader for RE Page 17
Chalfonts Community College association is the Parents’ Association that has supported the education of our students in spectacular ways over the years. Last year they provided the outdoor seating area, that has proved really popular in this good weather. It is also environmentally friendly as the benches were made from 100% recycled plastic. This year they are already providing the shields for the new awards of: ‘Outstanding Effort’, ‘Outstanding progress’ and ‘Best contribution to College Life’ that will be presented at the final assembly. They have provided the new minibus that is heavily used for co-curricular activities; ranging from sports competitions to D of E and 6th Form leadership conferences to Docklands visits. They do this through the sale of second hand uniform, the annual events such as the Christmas fair, raffles and social events such as ‘A night at the Races’ and the quiz night. All of this need volunteers and we have a number of key people standing down this year after many years of service. Without new volunteers this great work may not be able to continue. Can you spare some time to help organise these events or volunteer on the evening to man the bar? If you can give any time or get a group of you to help together then please let Catherine Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) know or pass your name to me at school (email@example.com).
Please help to Save our CCCA The World of Physics The National Particle Physics Masterclass is a popular series of one day events for sixth form students and their teachers which is run by particle physics researchers at various institutes all over the country. They have proven to be stimulating and informative for thousands of students and hundreds of schools. These classes provide excellent support for the material on Particle Physics which is in many 16+ curricula. The Masterclasses at RAL provide the chance to hear talks by leading Particle Physicists from RAL and CERN, tour one of the accelerators. It also uses data from the Large Hadron Collider to find a Higgs Boson. Programmes, photos and some lectures from previous years can be found on the RAL Masterclass website. We all had an excellent time. Max Hussein came first in the competition to find the Higgs Boson. Mr Steve Jacobs, Subject Lead Physics Page 18
Teaching School Alliance - Joint Inset Day On Monday 2nd July we were proud to have hosted the 5th joint inset day at our school. The day involved five partner secondary schools that gathered together in conference. We were also delighted to welcome Adam Wright from Chimp Paradox and Andy Buck of Leadership Matters, as keynote speakers. They were both inspirational and hugely enjoyed by the staff. The morning was spent in conference and then all staff went into their subject areas to discuss matters relating to the current curriculum changes and overall changes in education. This enabled staff from varying schools, with varying needs to exchange opinions and share good practice within their specific areas of specialism. A huge thanks goes out to all our colleagues from both Chalfonts and our family of schools who facilitated discussions relating to curriculum foci as diverse as ‘Mastery at Key Stage 3 and Problem- solving’ to ‘The LSA world post-MITA’. Their careful thought, preparation and confident delivery so close to the end of a busy school year is indicative of the calibre of staff we have in our Alliance schools. The day was hugely successful Wishing everyone a great summer! Paula Procopi. Assistant Principal
DofE Gold Expedition â€“ Poland/Slovakia 2018 On Saturday 30th June three teams from The Chalfont Community College travelled to southern Poland to embark on their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition in The Tatra Mountain range which forms a natural border between Slovakia & Poland. We were based in Zakopane and then travelled over the border to begin the hike on Monday 2nd July.
After a substantial hike of more than 22km, climbing over 1000m, the team arrived at their campsite for the night. The days got harder and the weather got warmer but the teams pushed on. The remaining nights were spent in mountain huts, a relief from the camping, but the compromise was more height climb each day!
Once in the mountain hut, the teams enjoyed a hot meal on their stoves and listened to The England game. On a very early start to Day 4, the teams walked toward the highest point which allowed some of the best views in Slovakia. This was followed by the long descent toward the finish line which the 3 teams managed on time. They were desperate for a shower by the end of this!
During their expedition, the teams walked over 70km and climbed more than 3800m; this is higher than the climb from Base Camp of Everest to the summit! To complete the expedition is an amazing achievement. Throughout the challenge our students showed grit and determination and even managed to run to the end point!
The students wanted to spend the R&R day with a visit to Auschwitz, a very moving and emotional experience for all. Following that it was onto Krakow to enjoy a celebration meal before flying home the next day. Next stopâ€Ś the Palace to receive their Awards!! Well done from all the staff!
The French Trip to Boulogne On the day we went to France we were all really excited as we jumped on the coach and then onto the ferry. When we got onto the ferry we had a look at where everything was and our meeting points and then got to explore. In France, the first place we went to was the market where there were loads of shops and stalls. By then we were all hungry and went to the beach to have lunch where we took loads of pictures and drew in the sand. After that we got on the coach and went to the bakery to see how traditional bread is made and we were given croissants at the end. Then we went to a massive shopping centre and bought our dinner. Finally we got back on the ferry and the coach and got home at around 11:00pm. I even won a baguette during Mr Quéré’s quiz on the way back. I enjoyed France. Simran Pawar
On the 22nd of June 2018 I went on the French trip to Boulogne which is on the north coast of France. We made our way on the bus at 4am in the morning with 49 other kids and 5 teachers; it took over 2 hours to get to Dover to catch the ferry over to Calais. When we arrived in Calais it took 30 minutes to get to Boulogne and the first thing we did was go to a local village and we spent some money on the stalls and some of the shops. After that we had a walk round the village then we went to the local town and sat down on the steps of a local church for a rest. We then headed off to the beach and had a little dip in the ocean (just our feet). Then we dried ourselves off and headed to a bakery. When we arrived, we went in groups inside and a baker told us the ingredients we need to make bread. Afterwards we went to a shopping centre and my friends and I had dinner. Then we went back to the bus and got the ferry back to Dover then back to school. What a day! George Sil
On Friday 22nd June, 50 Year 7 students went on a trip to France. We drove down to Dover to get on to a ferry to take us to France. On the ferry we were allowed to walk around. When we arrived in France we drove to Boulogne where we had to complete an activity booklet. This included things we had to find or do, such as taking a picture of a French post box or ask for something in French. We then went to the beach where we had our lunch. Then we went to the bakery and watched Bruno “le boulanger” make bread. The traditional oven he uses is over 150 years old. Luckily we got to try some of the bread and pains au chocolat. We then went to have dinner in Cité Europe which is a huge shopping centre. Finally, we got back on the ferry and headed home. It was such a great day. We walked so much; I must have done 25 kilometres. As we were tired some of us fell asleep on the coach. Katie Hardy
On Friday 22nd June, we Year 7s started our exciting journey to France. We arrived at school at 4am and started our bus journey to Boulogne at 4:30 am. Whilst on the bus we played games and listened to music. We estimated that the drive would take at least 2 to 3 hours. We made our way onto the ferry and picked a meeting point. Then we walked around the ferry and explored the shops. After an hour we could see the French coast. Once in France, our first stop was the old town where we completed our booklets. The first challenge was to buy something French and try it. Some bought pastries and others bought and ate snails. After this, we made our way to the beach to eat our lunch and then play and have some fun in the sand. At the bakery, Bruno the baker taught us how to make bread. We bought some real French bread to bring back to our families. Yummm! On the way back we had to answer lots of questions during the quiz and people won lots of prizes. This was our best experience in Year 7 so far! Ellie and Bailey 7K3
Youth Sport Games Boccia Finals – Stoke Mandeville Stadium On July 5th, 11 students and 4 staff attended the county Boccia finals, which was part of the wider finals event at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. They were joined by more than 50 finalists from other schools who had also qualified in their respective sports. After a rousing opening ceremony which featured Rochelle Clark, England Ladies Rugby World Cup winner and the FA’s official freestyle footballer, students headed to their venues. Thanks to Year 10 leaders Bryony Woolcott and Daisy Welch, the Chalfonts’ teams were well organised, which led to top performances from Oliver Tomson-Smith and Owen Henley, allowing Chalfonts to finish third in the first competition. Following this, Chalfonts moved onto the second round which saw Ryan Butler and Louise Whitelaw shine and allowed Chalfonts to finish second. Huge thanks must go to Sally Beck, Lyn Mayling and Rachel Gregg for helping run the trip, Ta-Fari Mason as official photographer, along with all students who attended and did the college proud. Duncan Fawcett, Teacher of PE
Alumni News A quick update on James Bertrand (2016 6th form leaver) who popped in to see us this week. He has raised more than £50,000 so far to fund the life-changing operations to both his legs. This has meant that James has been able to have one leg operated on and he says that his quality of life has already improved immeasurably. The operation was only available in Australia but James is hoping that the surgeon will be able to travel to the UK for his second operation. If anyone would like find out more about his story or to donate to James’ Just Giving fund to help him to achieve his dream second operation, please go to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/jamesbertrand. Just a side note, James had a very successful second year At St Mary’s University in Twickenham studying Business & Management and was only a few points off achieving a first for his work so far! Well done to these amazing ex-Chalfonts students. if anyone has any other Alumni news they would like to share, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Page 24
Planner Design Competition This is the second year of running a competition to design the front cover for our student planner. Once again the standard was very high and the final judging was carried out by Mr Denial, Miss Lang and me. The winner of each category will see their design as the cover for all planners for the Key Stage next academic year. Key Stage 3: Key Stage 4 1st
Izzi Hunt (7k1)
Ella Lovelock (8g5)
Mariella Donaldson (7g4)
Jessica Baird (9k3)
Lily-May Cumber (8g5)
Georgia Voisey (9k1)
Well done to all these and everyone who entered the competition. Those who werenâ€™t in the list above that want to collect their design can do so before the end of term from my office (by Reception) Mr Scoble, Vice Principal
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
ALL Students ALL lockers MUST be emptied And ALL medication collected from the medical room By FRIDAY 20TH JULY
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Y10 Geography Field Trip to Epping Forest Y7-10/12 Awards Afternoon - 4pm - 5pm Y10 Geography Field Trip to London Y9 EOY Exam Reports issued End of HT 6 (Y7-9 12:30; Y10-13 13:20) Summer Camp for Incoming Year 7 - till Friday 27th July A-Level Results - 8am GCSE Results - 9am A-Level Enrolment 10:30am - 1:30pm Staff Training Day (CPD) Start of Term: Y7 and Y12 Start of Term: Y8-11 and 13 School Photographs for Years 7,9,11,12 & 13
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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 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 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 31
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