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The Chalfonts Community


“Success is an Attitude...” Issue 11 - 13th March 2017

Out of the blue, over the half term break I received a much unexpected invitation to a school reunion. Two decades had passed since any form of formal communication but here in my inbox was an e-mail that brought back nostalgic memories of the ‘Good Old School Days’. The pictures looked dated and somewhat embarrassing, but from seeing them, my mind raced with memories. Yes, not all days were so fondly remembered; who could forget those exam desks and the military way they lined the exam halls? Or that moment when you and your friend gave each other the ‘’what the heck is this?’’ look during midterm exams. But I quickly remember my favourite teacher and the way she taught us BODMAS and the various clubs and trips I was involved in. In particular I remembered the wonderful school performance of Brilliant the Dinosaur, which involved 95 of us trying to walk in synchronisation under a green painted sheet. This gave me a real love of theatre, which has stayed with me to this very day. Then there was that final day when standing poised behind Jo Adkins the podium, Jess, our head girl, was giving her last speech, her voice shaking with emotion Associate as she reminisced about what have been the most ‘exciting times of our lives’ Assistant Principal If you are open to what’s on offer, schools are amazing places for developing happy life long memories and The Chalfonts is certainly no exception. Over the next 12 months alone we are planning a phenomenal range of enrichment activities which will be remembered by our student for ever. Some of what’s on offer include: • an inspirational community music project for our younger aspiring musicians • a whole day at the R n R recording studio in Uxbridge owned by Adrian Smith, Iron Maiden’s lead guitarist • visits to see ‘Blood Brothers’ and the musical ‘Rent’ • the whole school music production of High School Musical. There’s also likely to be trips to South Africa, Iceland, Central St. Mark’s Art College and the Battlefields of France. Year 6 will be offered a Summer Sports Camp Week, whilst existing students will be offered Sports Leadership through Primary School Festivals. Year 9 will compete in the Football County Cup final, the Gymnastics National finals and Table Tennis Regional finals whilst art students will be entering the Saatchi Art Competition followed by a gifted and talented Lacrosse day at Wycombe Abbey. On a day to day basis we are fully supporting our students in the hope that we become that much remembered ‘favourite teacher’. Interventions are being offered before and after school in a whole range of subjects. Lunch times are buzzing with activity as students and teachers work together to secure those extra marks which ultimately give our students the confidence to enter the exam season. We are even trying to avoid the negative image of those ‘military lined exam desks’ by holding exam support sessions where students can discuss possible coping strategies to help them overcome any exam anxieties. The College will be open over Easter and half term as many teachers offer further revision sessions and support to enable The Chalfonts to remain as one of the top performing secondary schools in Buckinghamshire. To relax we offer a range of lunch time clubs including chess, Eco-schools, ICT technology, basketball and a science club to name but a few. Details of all these and other activities can be found on the new College website. Writing this article has made me happily nostalgic, yet confident in the thought that the Chalfont students have so many opportunities open to them which I know have the potential to bring back nostalgic memories of ‘the Good Old School Days’. Who knows, one day you may receive that school reunion e-mail, especially as the College is in the process of developing an alumni association.

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

World Book Day On Thursday the 2nd March the college was taken over by a number of Roald Dahl characters as well as: a group of pirates, a genie, Sherlock Holmes, an 'invisible man', cats in hats and Dracula (herself!); to name but a few of the book characters roaming around the school! The students were very impressed with the efforts the teachers made to display their love of reading. In addition to the fancy dress, lots of hard work went into transforming classroom doors into the covers of our most loved books. Festivities began during registration when tutors shared the opening of Dahl's 'Lamb to the Slaughter' a suspenseful tale that was delivered in instalments across lessons until lunch. If you haven't read this one I strongly recommend it! The fun spilled over into lunch when our book swap took over the English Rubicon. Students engaged in interesting discussion over the books and deliberated over the ones to take home. They were guided in their decisions by Llewelyn Woodman, a Year 12 literature student. Lunch also brought the sale of Year 7's literature inspired 'Bake Off' delights where all the money raised went to charity. The passion and creativity displayed by all was infectious; well done to all staff and students for making it a memorable day. I can't wait for next year's celebrations now. Catherine Caccaviello, Leader of English

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Book Door Winners! Our head boy and girl loved walking around the school and picking the winning doors!

Category one: Wider School

Category two: Art Department Because they were in a league of their own!

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Category three: English Department So we don’t appear biassed!

Safer Internet Day Safer Internet Day was celebrated at The Chalfonts Community College for Years 7-10 during assemblies throughout the week. These were delivered by PC McVeigh (the college’s Police Support Officer) to raise awareness of the issues surrounding cyberbullying and social networking. During tutor time, students also received more information, provided by the college’s IT department on how to keep safe online. Much of the discussion was related to the increase in crime based on the use of social media and how this impacts on a person’s life. One of the key messages from PC McVeigh was related to the seven rules about keeping safe online: • Don’t respond, engage & interact - to cyberbullying • Keep evidence of all abusive mail • Understand bullying - the different types and impact it has • Get help from teachers/police/CEOP • Become alert to provocation • Become an observer • Take action For further advice on how to stay safe online, visit the following website: It provides lots of tips and advice for students and parents to ensure that when using the internet and social media, you stay SAFE. Victoria Lang, Vice Principal

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PTA News Year 7/8 Disco Just before February half term almost 100 students from Years 7 and 8 impressed us with their dance moves as they enjoyed a disco in the school hall, courtesy of the PTA and with support from Year 7 and 8 staff. DJ Chris Lee provided the sound and lights and the PTA ran a 'bar' with soft drinks, sweets and snacks. Thanks to all involved for raising over £300. We hope to have news soon of how the money will be invested.

Quiz Night Competition for the Quiz Night crown was fierce on Friday 24th February with almost 100 staff and parents battling to become Chalfonts’ smartest. The evening began with a game of 'Heads and Tails' with the winner of the £35 prize very generously donating the winnings back to the PTA. Quiz Master Ed Matthews set the questions at just the right level, tricky but not impossible, covering sport, entertainment, music, history, literature and more. At half time, competitors refuelled with a delicious curry supplied by local event caterer Food Etc, owned and managed by CCC parent Paul Jeffreys. In the end the staff team 'Most Wanted', organised by Vice Principal Giles Scoble, managed a very respectable third place. They were beaten to the winners spot by team 'Soppy but Happy'. Well done to all the teams who took part. Ticket sales along with proceeds from the bar, raffle and auction raised in excess of £1000.

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Reading Scholars Programme – Day 2 On Friday 24th February, I accompanied five Year 10 students to the second day of the ‘Reading University Scholars Programme’ which opened this year and is running as a pilot. The students will need to visit the university four times in 12 months and take part in an e-mentoring process. They will all have personal access to a Student Ambassador who they can talk to in confidence about academic related issues. Many students are unsure of university and this programme allows them to see the different options available which will help them make informed choices and to hopefully motivate them to do well. This second day included activities about ‘myth busting’ and then an exercise to match subjects to job roles. It was interesting for the students to see that the subjects they choose can lead to a varied list of job roles. The students spent some time with the Student Ambassadors looking at the university prospectus and exploring the many different courses they could do. They then set up their e-mentoring accounts and sat in on a creative writing taster session. Comments from students: • I feel more inspired to go to University. • I am still a little nervous about University but am starting to understand it more and I like the idea of going. • From this trip, I don’t feel that University is as scary as it might seem. • It could now be a possibility. • I have logged into the e-mentoring tool and have started linking up with my Student Ambassador. I really like the fact that I can talk on a 1:1 basis to her. • I am really looking forward to our third session in July.

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Year 11 Council Meeting On Thursday 2nd March we took a few Year 11 students to the community centre in Chalfont St Peter for a council meeting. The students had been invited to attend, following the very successful Citizenship presentations they had presented. They shared ideas and thoughts about the future of the Community Centre and were very articulate in explaining what they feel would be good for the village. The Counsellors seemed very impressed and are keen to hear more students’ ideas.

‘Educating and Inspiring Year 10 On Wednesday 8th February fifteen of our Year 10 students attended a workshop to encourage them to think about the various options available to them post GCSE, and to experience an Assessment Centre Team game. The day was opened by Stuart Kerr, our Enterprise Advisor, whose last role was as CEO with Ford Retail Group and previous to this President of Europe for Volvo. This was followed by a range of presentations and activities relating to post 16 options. At the end of the day Mrs Gilbey talked to the students about their Work Experience Placements in July and the students took part in an Assessment Centre team game. They were observed by two external HR professionals who were very impressed with the engagement and skills of the students. Comments from students: • I really enjoyed the day and found it very productive • Very good, would like to do more of them Page 7

British Airways ‘Changing the Myth about Apprenticeships’ Workshop I attended a workshop at the British Airways Terminal 5 building to hear more about the BA

apprenticeships. The session was extremely interesting and I felt it worth sharing the following notes: • By 2020, the Government has a target to launch 3 million apprenticeships • Employers will either train people themselves or choose a training provider • Within BA there will be no age cap on the schemes and they will be open to current members of staff • Employers will be more in the driving seat in agreeing a business need and deciding on the projects for the apprentices • There will be a big focus on degree apprenticeships over the next few years • All apprenticeships will be a minimum of 12 months, with 80% on the job and 20% training • BA have recruited 889 apprentices to date • The levels will remain the same; level 2 (GCSEs), level 3 (A levels), levels 4 – 7 (Degree levels) • There are 3 streams of Apprenticeships:

Professional Services (Head Office and Project Management)

Operational (Engineering and Operations)

Customer (Customer Services and Contact Centre)

Three apprentices, who have found the scheme invaluable, spoke about their experience with British Airways. All the information about the apprenticesship schemes is on the BA website https://jobs. as is information about their ‘Future Pilots Programme’. jobs/futurepilot/ Christine Sanders Leader of Employability

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Connexions – (Careers Advisory Service): Please can I remind students our Connexions Adviser is regularly in school and can be found in the Connexions’ office in the LRC. All students are welcome to request an appointment to talk about subject choices, apprenticeships, college courses, university, career options, and if they would like general guidance with their future plans. For more information on the advice and assistance Connexions can offer please look at: Parents/Guardians are welcome to attend appointments with the students who can request via their tutor, or pop into the LRC or email:

Employment opportunities, news and announcements relating to careers and employability are regularly posted on the school’s website under: Pastoral, CEIAG, Job Opportunities Apprenticeships, News. It is important and valuable for students to regularly look at this information.

Year 10 Work Experience – 10 – 14 July 2017 Thank you to all the Year 10 students who have returned their work experience application forms. I am beginning to process and log the information; what an interesting, informative and valuable week it’s going to be for our students. I am trying to help some of our students’ source placements within particular work choice areas. If you are struggling to find work experience please come and see me in the LRC.

Year 12 Work Experience – 17 – 21 July 2017 For the first year our Year12 students will have the opportunity to attend a week of work experience from Monday 17 to Friday 21 July 2017. It is anticipated that the students will be able to further develop the employability skills they acquired during their placements in Year 10. Obtaining work experience in the areas students may wish to pursue at university college or apprenticeship will assist with their applications and CVs. Page 9

Sixth form art students have had the opportunity this month to participate in life-drawing sessions at the Chalfonts. They have been learning new techniques from local artist Simon Brewster which have helped to extend their portfolios for university.

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Blazers and Skirts Purchasing Blazers and Skirts are to be purchased from Different Class, our External Supplier. Their website is (there is a link from the college website under parents/ uniform/external supplier) where you should logon with the user name of chalfonts and the password as ‘community’. Deliveries are made to the College every Wednesday morning for collection from lunchtime. Any items to be returned can be given in at the shop for free returns. Orders can also be delivered to your home for a small charge, usually the weight of the garment to be posted. PLEASE NOTE: Skirts to be worn in the college MUST be purchased from Different Class. Other styles are not acceptable as College uniform. Carole Fadipe School Shop

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Under 13 Boys Table Tennis Regional Final On Saturday 4th March the Under 13 boys table tennis squad travelled to Bournemouth to play in the Under 13 regional table tennis finals. To qualify for this competition the team had to take part in a play-off game against Marling School, with the winners gaining a place in the regional finals. The game took place early in a very cold and wet Birmingham. Having arrived in the morning to warm up and prepare for the fixture the team played 8 singles matches with each match, best of 5 games. We started very well with Sonny Dalston dominating and eventually winning his first match 3-0 in games. The second game was slight different to the first but after a tight match Marling won and made the score 1-1. As a result of this the team realised they had to step up their performance in order to reach the regional stage and won the next 3 games to take the score to 4-1 with three games to play. Chalfonts needed to win one more game to qualify but lost composure in the next two fixtures with Marling School winning both to take the score to 4-3 to set up the final fixture. Chalfonts needed to win to go through and Marling needed to win to take the score to a count back decision to find a winner. Ben Redding took charge of this match by winning the first game and looked to be comfortable. With a quick turn around the boys were 2-2 in games and going into the last game of the fixture. With the scores 8-8 in points, Ben Redding showed great composure to win three great points and take Chalfonts Community College to the regional stage of this competition with a close 5-3 victory. On the morning of the regional stage, we knew our opponents were very strong and we had a lot of hard work ahead of us. We had fixtures against Wellington College, University College School and Westgate School. We started against Westgate well with Sonny Dalston and George Terry winning, but unfortunately the opposition were very strong and went on to win the game 5-3. Our second opponent was University College School, who had previously won a number of competitions and boasted some high ranked players in their team. This experience showed as we were beaten 7-1 in the fixture, although we were the only school on the day to win a game against them. This came from a very solid performance from George Terry to provide a shock to our opponents.

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In our final game we were up against Wellington College. After a very long day Chalfonts wanted to finish the competition with some pride and looked to gain an advantage from the start. Sonny Dalston set the boys off with a comfortable win in the first game, but Chalfonts were on the wrong end of some very tight games and eventually lost the fixture 5-3. Although this did not end well for the team, the boys deserved their place in this competition. They are the only team Chalfonts has ever had to get this far. This is a great credit to each and every one of them and I would like to thank the parents of these boys for giving up their time to support them throughout the number of fixtures we had. A massive well done and thank you to Sonny Dalston, Conan Sugrue, George Terry and Ben Redding for all of your hard work and efforts in reaching this stage of the competition. The school is very proud of your achievements. Andy Harding, Teacher of PE

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On Wednesday 8th February we took a squad of athletes to the annual Bucks Cross Country Championships at Hughenden Park, High Wycombe. The pick of the team performances came from the Junior Boys team who finished in 5th place overall! Within each team there were also some outstanding individual performances, most notably from Thomas Job (Yr9) who finished 3rd in his race, Max McGarvie (Yr9) who placed 5th, Harry Vintner (Yr7) who finished 8th and Oliver Jackson (Yr11) who finished 15th! When you consider that each race comprised around 100 runners from all over the county, these performances are something to be commended. On the strength of their individual performances, Tom Job, Max McGarvie and Harry Vintner have been asked to compete in the English Schools Cross Country Championships. Congratulations and good luck to them! Results Summary: Minor Boys (year 7) - 7th place finish: Harry Vintner 8th / Oli Rose 18th / Kai Hughes 71st / Sonny Dalston 79th / Achill Sweeney 86th / Tolu Adelayo 87th / Josh Hills 90th / Kyle Dempster 93rd / Louis Evans 96th / Harvey Wannacott - retired hurt Junior Boys (year 8 and 9)- 5th place finish: Thomas Job 3rd / Max McGarvie 5th / Andrias Leisten 39th / Oscar Lucey 43rd / Sam Jones 79th / Jack McDonald 105th / Max Errington 115th / Oli Nisco and George Fowkes - retired hurt Intermediate Girls (year 10 and 11) - Holly Harvey 52nd Intermediate Boys (year 10 and 11) – Oliver Jackson 15th / Michael Day 16th Mr H D’Arcy, Leader for PE

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Sports Fixures Date

Year Group



Home/ Away


Approx Pick up time

7 9b/7c 7b 9a/b

Rugby Netball Netball Netball

Chesham Grammar Chiltern Hills St Marys Misbourne

Home Away Home Away


5pm 5.30pm 5.30pm 5.30pm



Thorpe House





L2 Dodgeball

Chiltern Hills



10a/b Netball

Chesham Grammar Away





Chesham Grammar Home



Mon 20th March


Girls Football

St Marys




Tues 21st March



Thorpe House




Weds 22nd March







Mon 13th March

Weds 15th March

Thurs 16th March

Year 10 football team won their last two games. They beat Chesham Grammar 3-1 thanks to a super sub appearance from Sam Constable. They then beat Thorpe House 8-2 with a hat-trick from Jeziah Blake. Jamie Howard, Teacher of PE

Dates for your Diary 15th March 2017 - Y9-11 (Select Students) Apprenticeship Show at Milton Keynes 16th March 2017 - DofE Training 4-5PM 17th March 2017 - Y11 Injections - Y9 ‘Big Bang’ (STEM Trip) 22nd March 2017 - 7k - RE ‘Place of Worship’ Trip 23rd March 2017 - Y9 Parents’ Evening Page 15

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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 will involve food preparation and serving the students, washing up and cleaning of the kitchens. Term time only. Experience in catering preferred but training will be given, including a Level 2 Food Safety Certificate. Apply to Carole Fadipe or Barbara Pestell on 01753 881 781 or by email:

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News from the Medical Room and Lost Property Immunisations for Students in Year 11 These will be on Friday 17th March – it isn’t too late to return the Vaccination Consent forms but please do so a.s.a.p. to the medical room. For 17th March please remind your son/daughter to make sure they eat breakfast and, if possible, to wear a short-sleeved shirt/blouse as this makes it easier for the nurses to reach the top of their arm.

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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.

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.

Gayle Romney

Use of the Medical Room

Medical Administrator/First Aider/Lost Property

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.

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01753 881627

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

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