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“Success is an Attitude...” Issue 14 - 8th May 2017
It is that time of year again…already! We must spare a thought for those students in Years 11 and 13 who are quickly moving towards examination season. Indeed, a number of students will have already completed an exam in some of our creative subjects by the time this edition of the Chronicle goes to print.
Russell Denial Principal Our Year 11 students begin their full written exams on the 15th of May. We have a carefully organised revision programme to support them over the two weeks to half term when they do not have exams. I know that they must be looking forward to their leaving date of the 30th June. On this day we will celebrate their successes with a leaver’s assembly followed by the Prom! Just a few more weeks hard work everyone! It also important to acknowledge just how close this event is for our other year groups. In 195 school days, Year 10 and year 12 will ener into their full exam season. In 385 school days our Year 9, on the first year of their GCSE courses, will also be in their full exam season. As you can see time certainly does fly. I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone the very best of luck and make sure that there is also lots of hard work. One of my favourite quotes is from Gary Player; a retired golfer. He just about sums up this sentiment:
“The harder you work, the luckier you get.” Contact Information Narcot Lane, Chalfont St Peter, Bucks, SL9 8TP www.chalfonts.org Tel: 01753 882032 Fax: 01753 890716
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Indie music stars and music industry representatives pop in for an afternoon of revealing insights into the music industry On Friday 21st April we welcomed three special visitors from the music industry to CCC. Our guests included: Will Jones (guitarist with Amber Run) who is currently preparing to tour with his band to promote their second album; Max Helyer (You Me At Six) who already has a number one album and is preparing to headline at Reading this summer as well as head off on a world tour, and also Richard Morgan who is a production engineer at RnR studios. Our guests stayed with us for three hours and gave us an interesting insight into life in the industry. We enjoyed hearing about the world of Indie and Rock music from those on the inside. They informed us of what life on tour was really like as well as explaining the publishing side of the sector, promotions and recording. Year 12 got the opportunity to ask questions and were really engaged and excited to hear what the experts had to share. Students were also given the opportunity to interview the visitors and produce their own radio shows. We would like to thank Will, Max and Richard for their time, honesty and advice. Anyone interested in these interviews can access them at our music departmentâ€™s archives upon request. Danny Munster Leader of Music
Swanage Trip 2017 On the 21st of April 2017 a group of Year 10 geography students visited the ALLNATT centre located in Swanage. Over the weekend we visited three different locations; Swanage Beach, Studland, Old Harry and Swanage town to put fieldwork skills into use. At our first location, Swanage beach, we were divided into groups. This is where we collected our first set of data which involved results based upon costal processes and defences. In order to be most accurate in the results the groups had to learn how to use various equipment to work out beach profile, distance between sediment and top of groyne, pebble analysis, float measurements, wind direction and wind speed. The next day we visited the Studland beach area and Old Harry to carry out sand dune transects and other tests across the beach which gave us data for: the angle of the slope; soil temperature, infiltration rate, soil pH, air temperature and wind speed. This was part of the study of tourism management located across Studland Bay. When we arrived back at the centre, after a three hour walk to study the Old Harry rocks, we were given the opportunity to write up our analysis and turn the data into visual graphs which showed the results in a way which was easier to understand. This was done during the evening lessons (7 to 9pm). Overall the seventy-six students had a great time and enjoyed their experience studying in the town of Swanage where they were able to put their knowledge and skills to use and gain some amazing resultsâ€Ś hopefully. Chloe Turner & Jessica Holdship
In the 2015-16 academic year our current Year 9s raised over ÂŁ2000 for the charity Free the Children. As a thank you twenty-nine of our students attended a FREE concert recently at Wembley Arena, organised by the worldwide charity WE Day. WE Day is a powerful, life-changing event that combines the energy of a live concert with the inspiration of extraordinary stories of leadership and change. Our students listened to inspiring speeches from Kate Winslet and Paula Abdul, and watched live performances from Jessie J, Fleur East, Conor Maynard and The Vamps. There were over 8,000 students attending from schools all over the UK. This celebration will help kick-start another year of fund raising within Chalfonts Community College. Maria Byrne, Year 9 Support
Sixth Form News Martyn Way Leader for sixth form
Good luck to Year 13 as you embark on your exams. You have been prepared well and most of you have worked very hard so go out there and show us what you can achieve. I hope your revision is going well. My top tips are: • little and often • plan your start/finish times on the days you revise -it will make you do it • no distractions e.g. headphones, • reward yourself regularly e.g. breaks every 40 mins or so and make sure that your revision is ‘active’: an hour with a highlighter pen or just reading your notes is not effective revision • make notes on your notes, make revision cards or do past papers.
Information Day & Evening On Thursday 22nd June we start introducing Year 12 students to the UCAS process. Representatives from Bucks New, Brunel and Oxford Brookes universities will be giving presentations and there will be an opportunity to talk to ex students who have been through the process and experienced their first year at university. On Thursday 29th June (7-8pm) there will be a UCAS Parents’ Information Evening where parents can hear a summary of the main points covered on the UCAS Day. Some people’s dress code has slipped of late, particularly no collars and the odd pair of jeans – please rectify this! Also a reminder that adherence to the dress code is still expected throughout the exam period. The Year 13 Leavers’ Ball will be held on Friday 19th May from 7:30pm to 12:30am at The Pinewood Hotel. The Leavers’ Assembly is in the afternoon from 2:00 to 3:00pm. Please can I ask parents to support us in ensuring that this is a day for celebration and not for immature behaviour. Page 7
Creative Writing A term-long workshop was organised with a ‘Writer in Residence’ (journalist, Debbie Starrs) for selected Year 8 students who showed a flair for creative writing. This short story is an example. Please enjoy!! The sun shone brightly as Polly wound down her window. She looked outside and all she could see were fields and fields for miles upon end. Polly finally realised something: the strange burning smell was coming from the back of the car. Her dad pulled to the side of the road. ‘No cell service’ he said whilst checking his phone. He sent Polly into a track across the fields in search of a house with a phone they could borrow. After several minutes of wandering down the path, no house was in sight, so Polly finally decided to turn back. Suddenly out of the corner of her eye she saw a field of people. Children were bouncing about, playing games, while their parents were preparing picnics for later. Birds were singing. Polly took a deep breath as she took in the beautiful sight of the meadow, with its bright green grass and daisies swaying in the breeze. She heard a bark at her feet and knelt down to see a dog, about the size of her hand, rolling on its back, waiting for her to scratch its belly. A wide grin spread across Polly’s face, but her thoughts were interrupted as the countryside filled with darkness and the sky crashed together like two metal plates. She blinked as she looked up from the dog. Just a few seconds ago, there were people everywhere, having picnics and playing games. Now, it was just Polly, standing by the empty field, all alone. The beautiful summer’s day had changed into a stormy winter’s night. Polly was deafened by the echoing sound of the rain and the crashes of thunder, plates smashing together. The faint sound of rying drifted towards Polly. She looked all around, but saw nothing. A strange smell wafted on the breeze. As Polly walked forwards the smell got stronger and stronger. Polly turned her head and saw a small grey pony standing just behind her. A bright light flashed to the left and the pony was replaced with a small green figure. She rubbed her eyes, hoping this was all just a dream. But the green figure was approaching her. Spicy blue worry bubbled up inside her. She ran as quickly as she could, leaping over a fence, tripping and planting her face into the grass. Something touched her on the back and Polly screamed at the top of her lungs. She was paralysed with fear and squeezed her eyes tightly shut. ‘Polly, Polly’ She opened her eyes to see her annoying younger brother poking her. He shouted, ‘We’re here!’ She took a breath of relief as her brother dragged her out of the car. It was just a dream. Then she saw the field of people. Children were bouncing about, playing games, while their parents were preparing picnics for later. She turned her head and saw a small grey pony standing just behind her. She turned back to her brother. He had turned green. Paige Fountain Page 8
Some of our Year 7 students have produced reviews of the books theyâ€™ve most enjoyed this year. They might provide you with some inspiration when choosing your next book. Learning Support
Careers and Employability education and guidance are a whole college responsibility and all teachers and tutors contribute to the overall programme. This is an integral area in the school; it is vital we support our students prepare for the next steps in life and provide them with the correct guidance to help them to make important decisions. It is taught as a discrete subject during assemblies (Years 7 to 13) and in tutor group time. Significant contributions are made by tutors and Careers/Employability consultants to provide a diverse range of opportunities and information to all students. Below are lists of activities we have been running throughout the year. If you would like any further information about careers or employability support in the school then please contact Andrea Gilbey or Christine Sanders. Employability Skills Day – October The Employability Skills Day is for our Year 11 to 13 students. During the day students attend four career related workshops, participate in a 1:1 interview with a professional from outside the college, complete an on-line career related psychometric test and attend a careers fair in our main hall. Work Experience – July Towards the end of the summer term our Year 10 and 12 students spend a week on work experience. This gives them the perfect opportunity to gain an insight into the world of work and gain and develop important employability skills. Local College Fair – January Representatives from the local colleges are invited into school to introduce our students to the range of courses on offer and entry requirements. Sixth Form Taster Day / College Taster Day – February Year 11 students are able to choose a variety of subjects they may wish to study at A-Level and participate in a lesson here at the college. Students who are thinking about attending a local college are able to sample lessons in vocational subjects at Langley College.
UCAS Day – July Year 12 students are introduced to the UCAS process. Representatives from universities deliver workshops on what to consider when choosing a university, the financing of university and university life. Sixth form students are also reminded and further informed about higher/degree level apprenticeships by a representative from ‘Go Far Apprenticeships’. Progression Interviews – March Year 11 students are invited to attend an interview with a senior member of staff to discuss their future plans; whether it is staying on at sixth form here at the college, leaving the college to pursue a course elsewhere, or pursuing an apprenticeship or traineeship. Connexions/Advizor – Independent Careers Advisory Service An adviser is available to assist students with career options, including subject choices at GCSE and A-Level, the variety of college course options, apprenticeships, traineeships, university choices and courses and assisting with application forms and CV’s. Employer Visits Whenever possible employers are invited into school to deliver a presentation, both formal and informal on their job role and how it links with different aspects of the curriculum. This academic year the school has enjoyed visits from: a sports journalist; Mike Moran, keyboard musician, songwriter and record producer; representatives from BP , one of the world’s leading integrated oil and gas suppliers and the world of publishing was introduced to students by an executive from Penguin Books. Dan Freedman, author of the Jamie Johnson series of books and CBBC children’s drama will be visiting in July to talk about life as an author, journalist and the adaption of his books into television. University Visits A number of visits to local universities are arranged throughout the year for our Year 9 students to inform and raise aspirations. Apprenticeship Show A group of students from across the year groups attend the Apprenticeship Show in Milton Keynes. Information is gathered and presented to all year groups in their assemblies. Career Related Information Students are encouraged to use the large selection of books, prospectuses and resources dedicated to careers in the LRC. There is also an area on the school’s website entitled Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) which refers students to useful websites and employment opportunities. Opportunity notifications are also posted on the school’s news app and twitter. Andrea Gilbey Learning Resource Manager Page 11
Oxbridge Aspirations Workshop Last week, James Nichols from ‘Political Education, came into school to deliver a workshop on ‘Oxbridge Aspirations’ for some of our Year 9 students. The workshop was informative and fun and filled with activities to raise awareness of studying at Oxford and Cambridge. The content covered myths about Oxbridge, costs and included a chance for the students to practice working in small teams to discuss a subject, as they would at university. The subjects they chose included English, Law, Physics and Philosophy. The students demonstrated fantastic team skills challenging each other, stating their case and summarising facts really well. They were all very engaged and, from the summary of comments we have received below, I do believe it has inspired the students to work hard to achieve their goals.
“I have always been really keen to try for Oxford.” “I am planning on working hard to find the right subject to study at University.” “I want to work on my confidence and believe in myself more.” “I will visit lots of Universities to understand subject options and ensure I approach the right place to study.” Christine Sanders, Leader for Employability
May 2nd 2017 As part of the Pathways programme to inspire and motivate students to think about university as a post 18 option, a group of eight Year 10 students visited St Hilda’s College in Oxford to get an idea of what it is like to be a university student for a day. After an initial group work session working with other schools, we were shown round the College by second year students who gave us the opportunity to ask questions about life as an Oxford undergraduate. We were told that it was hard work; “usually two x two thousand word essays every week to research and produce” but great fun and they loved being there. We had lunch in the student refectory and then got the chance to hear three very different lectures from Oxford lecturers: psychology, history and biology. Each of the lectures was fascinating and the professors engaged the students with their enthusiasm for their subjects. At the end of the day, the students were asked for their feedback on the day and all were positive, stating that the trip had been: “ interesting”, “intellectual”, “useful” but also “laid back” and “fun”. One of the questions was: “How seriously are you now thinking of applying to Oxbridge?” All the students had raised their score from the beginning of the day with two of the group scoring it 9 out of a possible 10. Comments to the question: “Are there any actions you will now take following this trip?” were a variation on; “work harder so that I have the chance to consider Oxbridge.” Kate Darvill, Sixth Form Learning Centre Supervisor
Last Monday nine members of staff gathered in one of the food technology rooms to exercise our culinary skills under the expert eye of Nina Ahdan who is sharing her wonderful knowledge of Indian cooking. Apart from having a ‘fun’ cooking session, we were able to take home a delicious, authentic chicken curry. This, I am sure, will be the first of many far eastern dishes the Chalfonts’ ‘Spice Girls’ will be creating. Nina has very kindly given up her time to run these sessions and we will be making a donation to the ‘Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity’.
James Bertrand, a former student who completed his education at Chalfonts last year, is trying to raise ÂŁ90,000 for surgery on his legs in Australia. Please support this very worthy cause if you are able to. We will also be arranging other fundraising events to support James. Please go to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/jamesbertrand to contribute and read more. Cathy Jones Learning Support Department
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Monday 15th May U13/15 Girls Indoor Cricket Chesham
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Dates for your Diary 13th May 2017 - BTEC Final Gig 13th May 2017 - Y11 PE Revision - 9am - 1pm 15th May 2017 - Y7 Reports 19th May 2017 - Y8 Girls HPV (2) - Y13 Leavers’ assembly - Y13 Leavers’ ball Page 17
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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 Pestellon 01753 881 781 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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News from the Medical Room and Lost Property HPV vaccinations for Year 8 girls The girls 2nd HPV vaccinations will be on Friday 19th May
HPV Information & Consent forms for Year 7 girls During the next few weeks information and consent forms will be distributed to all Year 7 girls in readiness for their first HPV injection in September. Please will parents read the information and return the completed consent form by the date given. Consent forms need to be returned, signed by a parent, whether or not you consent to the vaccinations.
Hayfever medication The medical room does not have supplies of hay fever medication and suggests that students take a ‘one-a-day’ antihistamine each morning and bring some tissues to school!
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 student’s 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. Page 20
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.
Warm weather As the weather, hopefully, gets warmer please encourage your child to drink plenty of water. Most of the students who come to the medical room with headaches are usually suffering from dehydration. Students sitting exams need to take a small (330mls) bottle of water into the exam with them – we don’t want them needing the toilet every few minutes! Please also remind students that jumpers are optional, they need to wear their blazers, but don’t need to wear a jumper as well.
Use of the Medical Room
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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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Principal; Russell Denial Narcot Lane, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, SL9 8TP 01753 882032 firstname.lastname@example.org