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The Chalfonts Community


“Success is an Attitude...” Issue 3 - 9th October 2017

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue This is now my second academic year at Chalfonts and I believe that this year has started in a positive light. I have noticed a real improvement in uniform in both KS3 and KS4. Perhaps this is a return to the ‘good old days’ but I would rather see as it a new direction that we are taking the college in. We have also just relaunched ‘Student Voice’ as we are keen to listen to what our students think we need to do to further improve the college.

Giles Scoble Vice Principal

The first meeting was this week and was well attended by students with Mrs Court (nee Miss West) and me; to listen to their ideas. I am sure you will be hearing a lot more about this in the future.

The new behaviour for learning changes seem so be working well with a clear system of expectations and consequences. There is a new outdoor seating area now open for all our students. This has been fully funded by the CCCA (formerly the PTA) and has been sourced entirely from recycled materials. The area is beside ‘The Potato Hatch’ servery and significantly increases the space available to sit outside. See the photo and have a look at it in person when you are next in the school. What have we borrowed? Well there is a PTA race night coming up on October 13. I borrowed this idea from my children’s school and I hope to see a number of you there. I hope you have seen the posters and emails about this but it is not too late to buy tickets. See you in the Grandstand! Something Blue is the ‘Jeans for Genes day’. This is the second year we have run this and we again raised over £1,000 for this UK based charity. I delivered assemblies to all year groups, focussing on Cystic Fibrosis this year. Thank you for supporting this by sending your children in jeans and making the donations. I think we should be really proud of our benevolence in supporting such events. Thank you for all your support to date and enjoy these beautiful Autumnal days.

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

Email: Twitter: @CCChalfonts

Rotary arrive to help STEM the gap!!! On Tuesday 3rd October Chalfonts again hosted the South Buckinghamshire Rotary Design Challenge. Students from Chalfonts, The Beaconsfield School and Beaconsfield High School worked in teams of four to ‘Design and Build’ a ‘Pipeline Vehicle’ to a set specification. The students were grouped in their respective age groups aligned to their key stage; foundation, intermediate and advanced.

The day was very intensive with students having to produce a portfolio of design ideas; then making the vehicle from card and light modelling materials including an electric motor before having it tested in a ‘pipeline’ clearing bits of rubble. The Rotary judges and stewards ensured fair play and scrutinised the finished entries. Some of the judges were STEM Ambassadors that volunteer to help at a range of events that the college offers to boost interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. These are the subjects which lead to careers where the country is very short of qualified staff.

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At the end of the day the Beaconsfield School walked away with a prize in the foundation (KS3), Beaconsfield High took the intermediate prize (KS4) and Chalfonts’ students claimed the prize in the advanced section (6th Form). We are still trying to find the teachers entry! Chalfonts is looking forward to more STEM challenges this year. Do encourage your children to get involved. James Giles-STEM Lead

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Fundraising Success! Former Chalfonts Community College student James Bertrand was presented with a cheque recently by principal Russell Denial. The Learning Support department have been busy fundraising to help James with his quest to raise funds for life changing surgery in Australia. By collecting donations, organising cake sales and sponsored ‘funky footwear’ days an amazing sum of £2597.60 was raised by staff, students and parents. The College was overwhelmed by the generosity of all those involved and proud to be able to support a former student with the challenge ahead. You can read James’s story at:

Friday 13th October – Race Night from 6.45pm Weds 18th October – CCC AGM at The Greyhound Inn, 7.30pm Weds 22nd November – Christmas Fair Extravaganza, 7-9.30pm Friday 9th March 2018 – Quiz Night from 7pm

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Starter’s orders and they’re off, on Friday 13th October, for what is on track to be odds on favourite. Budding jockeys can trot to the paddock from 6.45pm. Race Night is an excellent, equine excuse to saddle up and let fun reign! With lucky horseshoes to hand, spur each other on and place some bets on exciting real racing footage. Tickets will not be available furlong at just £12.50, and with all proceeds going to improving the students’ outdoors area, it really is an evening you can't say neigh to! Tickets available on ParentPay. Children welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Children will not be permitted to place bets at the tote.

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The Ice Warrior Cometh I was privileged to be visited recently by Jim McNeill, to discuss his next expedition to the Arctic and how The Chalfonts Community College can be involved with him and his team. In short, this isn’t any expedition, this is an expedition to the Northern Pole of Inaccessibility - 80 days and 800 miles. This is the most distant place from land, with fiercely low temperatures, inhabited by hungry polar bears and hundreds of miles from civilisation. Very scary! It is the last place on earth as yet unreached by mankind, 270 miles from the geographic North Pole; I learnt from Jim that the North Pole has four poles, not one!. Jim has his team in place, they are training, and hopefully in February 2018 they will start the world ‘first’. I believe this is truly the most important expedition of our time. The expedition will be a future feature documentary to be shown in cinemas. This is the route…

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Jim has worked on film and TV alongside some of the greatest natural history filmmakers and is a consultant to Hollywood. His latest work was on Captain America. His testimonials come from: • Lord Robert Winston, FMedSci, FRSA, FRCP, FRCOG, FRCOG (scientist, politician, writer) • Sir Chris Bonnington, CVO, CBE, CL (19 expeditions to the Himalayas, 4 to Mount Everest and the first ascent of the south face of the Annapurna) • Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE, Polar Medal and many honorary doctorates The stories in regards to Sir Ranulph are extraordinary. Jim has been the consultant explorer and expert on many of Sir Ranulph’s expeditions. A spectacular CV by any account in any profession.

Visit the website What Jim and I would like to do is to involve our learners in this journey developing projects in the new academic year that we can share with other schools: the story, the history, the myth, the discovery, the science, the geography and the wonder. Jim is an enigmatic individual who captured my imagination and how he became to be one of the world’s leading explorers is a fantastic story. Jim will be visiting us on Thursday 12th October 2017 at 7pm to speak to parents, staff, students and the wider community. He will be talking to us about the ‘World First” expedition, his beginnings and how he became the advisor for some of the world’s great explorers. A truly fantastic story, humble beginnings to being an advisor to Hollywood. There will be the opportunity to talk to him in person after the presentation and photo opportunities. Tickets will be limited for the evening at £10 for adults and £5 concessions and all sales will go towards the expedition and the wonderful people involved. The Chalfonts Community College will be a sponsor for Jim and his team and I am sure you will join me in watching the expedition on the forthcoming BBC documentary. Tickets can be obtained online via your child’s ParentPay account. Jim and I look forward to seeing you there. Russell Denial, Principal

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Quizzy Rascals Year 9 History trip to the Imperial War Museum Fifty three Year 9 history students took a coach to the Imperial War Museum in London. Mr Leybourne produced a student quiz that ensured that the whole of the museum was visited. On the ground floor the First World War centenary exhibition was a popular stopping off point with new exhibitions covering the outbreak of war to its final conclusion with the Treaty of Versailles‌ with all the gory bits in between. The History department will be doing the Year 9 baseline assessments about the First World War, so this exhibition was particularly relevant. Other floors visited included a Holocaust exhibition, The Second World War, the Cold War. The top floor contains a gallery and exhibition of Victoria and George Cross medals with individual stories of bravery and valour. All the students deserved a medal as they were impeccably behaved throughout the day and represented the college in the best possible light. Steve Leybourne, Teacher of History

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Year 9 Visit to Brunel University On 28th September, we took a number of our Year 9 students to see Brunel university; the first of our university visits this year. The purpose of these visits is to raise aspirations and awareness of what it would be like to attend university. The students attended a couple of presentations, giving them information about university life. The speaker talked about the benefits of taking this route and the differences between studying in school and studying in university. A quiz followed and, as the students had been so good at listening to the facts shared with them, they were amazing at answering the questions! Their hands shot up so quickly and a few of them won prizes. A university student then spoke about life at Brunel and shared lots of interesting things about the accommodation, sports facilities and social life. Following lunch, we all went on a tour. We were taken to see a lecture theatre, the very large library, the fantastic sports facilities with an indoor running track, the restaurants and night club and the student accommodation. We were very lucky to be taken into one of the rooms of the students who showed us what furniture the university provide and what the students needed to supply themselves. We were also shown the communal kitchen where the students can make their own food. From the feedback received, the tour seems to have been the most valuable part of the day because it really does give the students an idea of what ‘university life’ is like.

‘The trip has inspired me to go to University’ ‘It makes me want to work even harder’ ‘Looks like so much fun’ ‘Everyone was so welcoming; it is like a small village’

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Year 10 Visit to The Waterperry Gardens On 26th September, we took a group of our Year 10 students to ‘The Waterperry Gardens’ in Oxford. We were invited to attend an Education Day about possibilities of work experience, further education and apprenticeships within the varied world of horticulture. There were a number of colleges present, including; BCA, Abingdon & Witney, Evesham, Malvern Hills and Pershore. The gardens date back to 1932 when Miss Beatrix Havergal opened her School of Horticulture for ladies. The large, beautiful country house accommodated the students when the school was open. The eight acre ornamental gardens include a rose garden, water-lily canal, riverside walk, and one of the finest purely herbaceous borders in the country. On the tour, it was explained to the students how much planning goes into producing a border such as this. There is also an on-site nursery, occupying large areas of the beautiful walled garden, and 5 acres of commercial orchards, producing the famous Waterperry apple juice each year. The students met gardening staff, various Colleges offering courses and the two recent apprentices currently working at Waterperry. They were then taken on a tour of the gardens. They learnt about the variety of jobs you can do: botanist, tree surgeon, health & safety roles, nursery work and tourism. One of our students is keen to move into garden design and so this visit was extremely valuable for him. There is also an onsite museum which is home to Ronnie Barker’s till, used in ‘Open all hours’!

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It was an extremely interesting and inspirational trip. Some comments from the students:

“I have a much better understanding of what horticulture is and the various roles you can do.” “I have learnt today about properly sowing and trimming plants, and the many different types of trees.” “I’m so glad I came on this trip; it was really lovely.”

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Sixth Form News Martyn Way Leader for sixth form

Sixth Form Information Evening Thursday 16th November 2016 6:30 – 8:30 PM After half term we start a programme of guidance and support to make Year 11 students aware of all the opportunities available to them post 16. To initiate the process, I would like to invite Year 11 parents and their son/daughter to our Sixth Form Information Evening, where you can find out about the range of courses we offer, and about our excellent track record. As a result of the volume of interest in our Sixth Form in recent years there will be two presentations in the Hall; one at 6.30pm and one at 7.15pm. After each of the presentations there will be an opportunity to gather information about all of our post 16 courses by speaking to the leaders of each subject in the Chikara Sixth Form Centre. A careers consultant from Connexions will also be in attendance.

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Sammy Takes Home Bronze We’re very proud that one of our sixth formers, Sammy Farnfield was picked for the GB team to travel to the 19th Modern Pentathlon Biathle / Triathle World championships in Viveiro Spain. This event was attended by nearly thirty nations including the likes of Russia and South Africa with each team bringing in excess of one hundred athletes. The U19 Triathle involves successfully shooting 5 targets, swimming 50m in open water and running 800m, all repeated four times. The top three places were taken by South Africa, Egypt and Russia, all girls who are members of their country’s Olympic teams, in fact the Egyptian competed in Rio, which demonstrates the standard of the competition. Sammy finished 10th in 17 mins 44 seconds, a clear 3 minutes faster than her qualifying time and was the second of four Brits home. Although initially a bit disappointed, as she felt her shooting let her down, she brightened up when it was pointed out that she had just finished 10th, not at school sports day, or at county or regional champs, but in the world! To make life even better, the top three British girls did sufficiently well to come third in the team competition; you have to feel sad for the 4th team member whose place did not count towards the team competition. Sammy received a team bronze medal, which put a huge smile on her face. The week in Spain competing was an amazing experience and will hopefully act as a great foundation for the future.

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The Beijing Summer Camp was most certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity and was not only the highlight of the summer holidays, but also in my lifetime so far. We were able to visit some amazing places including The Great Wall of China, Tian’Anmen Square, The Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. As well as visiting famous landmarks and tourist sites, our group participated in all of the camp’s fun activities in which we met many people from around the world, who I still talk to daily. On this trip I was also able to experience the wonderful Chinese culture along with their traditions (even communicating with the citizens after learning Mandarin), watching Beijing's famous circus and shopping! If I could have the chance to do it all over again then I certainly would! - Olivia Rattray

I was lucky to go on this trip to China which involved a selected group of students from the UK representing Great Britain at the 10th Anniversary of the Beijing Summer Camp where seven countries joined together to learn about the Chinese language and culture. I went on this trip knowing only one person. I was really blown away at how many friends I made from seven different countries and China; my roommate was from Bulgaria. The hours at Chalfonts learning Mandarin, and while we were there, were worth it. The culture is amazing and the food was incredible. The people were all really nice. The outings to the Great Wall and Tian’ Anmen Square were an unforgettable experience. - Otto Summerell

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The trip was an amazing experience that I'll never forget. We made so many friends from both other schools in the UK as well as international friends. The activities really helped me to appreciate the culture more, as well as creating memories that I wouldn't be able to get anywhere else. It was the best kind of trip anyone could do. - Genevieve Dibble

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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 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. It’s extremely useful for when students forget to bring theirs in. We can then give them spares to participate.

Please deliver to reception

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Sports Fixures Date




Home/ Away


Approx Pick up time

Rugby County Football Cross Country

Thorpe House DCGS Cottesloe School

Home Home


1700 1700

Weds 11th Oct

8 7 7-10

Mon 16th Oct























Aylesbury RFY




Mon 9th Oct

Tues 17th Oct

Weds 18th Oct 9a/10a/10b Netball Thurs 19th Oct


County Rugby Fest

Dates for your Diary 11th October - Year 6 Open Evening - 6-9PM 12th October - Year 6 Open Morning - 8:20AM - 13:20PM 12th October - Ice Warrior Jim McNeill Expedition Talk - 7pm 13th to 16th October - Y12/13 Art Trip to Berlin 13th October - PTA Race Night 7:00pm - 9:00pm 13th October - Y8/9 Language Trip to Emirates Stadium 18th October - Y9: Chelsea’s Choice’ (CSE production) - 12pm - 13:20pm 18th October - CCC AGM at The Greyhound Inn, 7.30pm 20th October - End of Half Term 1

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Medications Students should not be carrying around medication, only inhalers and Epipens which may be needed in an emergency. If pain relief is needed, with parental consent, it should be taken to the medical room daily where the medical administrator will administer and record it.

Students with Colds Students with colds need to be in school unless they are really ill – running a high temperature etc. Please will parents give them medication before school and give them throat sweets and plenty of tissues to bring with them. Providing consent has been given, further doses of paracetamol can be given at lunch-time.

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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.

Gayle Romney

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.

Medical Conditions 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 Page 19

Medical Administrator/First Aider/Lost Property 01753 881627

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

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