The Chalfonts Community
“Success is an Attitude...” Issue 5 - 20th November 2017
Technology is vital to help our students develop their digital skills, engage and access content. Over the last four months we have invested heavily in the IT infrastructure at The Chalfonts Community College, providing up to date learning technologies for all. In the digital world we now live in, Wi-Fi has moved from a luxury to a basic requirement. The technology trend makes more use of the endless online resources and access to collaborative ways of working. Since August, we have installed one of the world’s best enterprise Wi-Fi solutions across the college, giving full site coverage for every classroom and learning environment, including outdoor spaces. Currently we are in the process of rolling out access to our Sixth Formers, but envisage a future of ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) as an option for all.
We have made significant upgrades to our core network by replacing the fibre backbone, taking speeds from 1Gbps to 40Gbps delivering a consistent positive experience on a more effective and reliable network. All students now have access to Office 365, enabling online versions of common Office applications to help them complete work out of the classroom. Below are the steps your son/daughter can follow to login to their Office 365 account: 1. Navigate to www.office.com 2. Username: The student’s college network username + ‘@chalfonts.org’ 3. Password: The student’s college network password 4. Select the online application you wish to use:
Richard Smith Assistant Principal
• OneDrive – offering all students 1Tb of online storage (no more USB memory sticks!) • Word – online word processing • Excel – online spreadsheet application • PowerPoint online presentation application • OneNote – digital notebooks, currently being trialled in Computing to remove the need for textbooks) To support the college in delivering the very best curriculum in all subjects, particularly those placing increasing demands on technology is a challenge given the every changing digital landscape; from supporting Art and Media using industry standard photo/video editing software, to Music and Computer Science, where they are using the latest Apple iMacs to compose music and creating virtual reality worlds on the latest HTC Vive headset.
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Sixth Form News Martyn Way Leader for sixth form
Before half term we asked teachers of sixth form students for their nominations for “Great Start” awards. The number of names on the list shows the positive start that both year groups have made to the new year, plus students who have been outstanding in their help with extra-curricular events. All nominees were entered into our first prize draw of the year; the lucky winners of Asos, Nando’s and school lunch vouchers were: Leah Chandar, Poppy Bignall, Ryan Grover, Isabelle Sibley, Olivia Rattray and Sarah Barnes. Well done to all those nominated. On a similar note, all Year 12 students passed the Sixth Form “Health Check” which is a great achievement and means that Year 12 students are now able to leave the site during their non-contact periods. Please note: all Year 12 students must still attend registration/tutor every day, and sign in/out when leaving or re-entering the site. In addition, all students must be wearing their ID lanyard to enjoy this privilege.
Year 12 Teacher Nominations Art Chandar, Leah Evans, Nicola Greenwood, Amy Holloway, Sarah-Jane Hughes, Charlie Pittman, Jack Rattray, Olivia Rogers, Isobella Sall, Bubbley See, Emily BTEC Sport Miles Timson Rosie Monger Mason McDonnell Katie Dore Business Max Allen Sophie Barlow Freya Start Jeyne Joubert Talvinder Khaira Hannah Yates Chemistry Jamie May Emily See
Drama/PA Rosie Monger Daisy Weldon Economics Joshua Penemo Rahul Kapur English Ella Vince Jess Higgins Demi Marks Kayleigh Phillips Sophie Gilson Charlie Hughes Max Allen Charlie Hughes Ella Vince (2) French Leah Chandar Ryan Gallagher History Jack Pittman
ICT Adam Brown Hannah Yates Spencer Powell Matt Smith Otto Summerall Cian Urich-Lemass Media Ella Vince Music Rosie Poole Isabelle Sibley Ella Casey-Priday Charlie Hughes Chloe Tilley Zia Dallas Liam McGuiness Ella Vince PE Josh Simpson Priya Dhatt Austin Taylor Sam Talbot Maxwell Cambridge
Tutor nomination: Max Allen
Photography Allen, Max Brown, Adam Clark, Alice Doan, Edward Magor, Lucy Mazzone, Olivia Pearman, Amber Phillips, Kayleigh Warren, Emily Psychology Michael Day Jamie May Sarah Jane Holliday Jack Pittman Tae Horsfield Maxwell Cambidge Ella Casey-Priday Louis Catanach Tia Miranda Rachel Shoesmith Alanna Vinall Jess Higgins Priya Dhatt Elizabeth Newman
Year 13 Teacher Nominations Art Becca Bates James Irving BTEC Sport Jasmine Cole Business Cameron Gill Izzy Cockram Becky Williams Elise Eden James Pavier Thomas McLeod Business Cameron Gill Izzy Cockram Becky Williams Elise Eden James Pavier Thomas McLeod
Economics Ella MacDonald Harry Henson Anirudha Nagarajan Terasa Epps Kimaya Patel English Phoebe Wicks Lauren Gulliford-Brown Stephanie Augustine Isaac How Spinks Callie-Marie Treanor Joanna Webb Hannah Potter Jake Fenner Llewellyn Woodman Harry Henson James Irving Lewis Drew Poppy Bignall
French Jared Genido Geography Adam Day Aaron Gill Maths Jamie Nottage Euan Willams Max Hussain Maths Jamie Nottage Euan Willams Max Hussain Media Taryn Conor Gabby Gordon
Tutor nominations: Sarah Barnes, Lauren Barr, Ethan Murfin
Music Ellie Bindman Will Salter Ryan Grover Macy Owen Sophie Bowler Psychology Cameron Gill Maisie Hedges Rebecca Finlayson Taylor Mott Chris Davis Jake Fenner
Chalfonts Community College Year 7 students will celebrate “Switch Off Fortnight” with activities to save energy at home and in school Chalfonts Community College has partnered with EDF Energy’s education programme to celebrate
Switch Off Fortnight: 20th November to 3rd December 2017. More than 1,700 schools across the UK are joining in the action. Over the fortnight, Year 7 & 8 students will learn about the energy industry and explore what energy sources are available; debating which ones should be used to power the UK and understanding why it’s important to have a secure, low-carbon and affordable energy supply. On a practical level, students will focus on saving energy at school by running an energy audit and identifying where energy is wasted. All the activities are designed to get young people to think about the ways they use energy, as well as sparking an early interest in science and engineering. As part of the campaign, Chalfonts Community College received a free Switch-Off Fortnight pack including posters, stickers and certificates.
Our aim is to encourage Year 7 students to monitor the electricity usage in the various departments and see if they can help us “make a difference.” Using this new found knowledge, students will then able to hopefully make a difference too in with their household bills! Mr Gray, Head of Geography… Robyn Thorn, EDF Energy’s Education Programme Manager said: “Switch off Fortnight”, now in its ninth year is always very popular with both teachers and students. We’re always proud and delighted with the extremely positive feedback we get from teachers who tell us that the campaign is fun for students, whilst sparking energy saving behavior and making a real difference to their school’s energy bill.”
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Meet the English Curriculum Leaders Eve Williams (far left): I am passionate about English as it is fundamental to all subjects. We use it to write, read and speak; all things which influence important aspects in our world. I’m looking to inspire and share my love for English with the school, and identify and exhibit fresh talent in English here at Chalfonts. In the future, with your help, I hope to create a magazine which is unique, sparks interest and inspires students, as well as sharing the school’s English talent and our favourite English pieces which demonstrate our passion for English. I hope to meet some passionate students soon! Helena Augustine (second left): I’m currently in Year 10 at The Chalfonts and I have been at the school since the beginning of Year 7. English has always been my favourite subject. This is because there is no wrong answer and everyone can perceive the many interesting topics we study in a different way. In the future, I hope to use my English skills to achieve a degree in Veterinary; combining my three favourite things: English, Science and animals! I wanted to become an English Curriculum Leader not only because it is my favourite subject, but to inspire younger year groups to love it as much as I do, and to see the many fun and fascinating aspects of it. My aspirations for the upcoming year are to develop and help younger pupils develop their English skills so that they can perform to the best of their ability and hopefully grow to have the same passion for English as myself and the other Curriculum Leaders. Mia Perry (second right): I wanted to be an English Curriculum Leader because I love reading and enjoy the many interesting topics we cover during our English lessons. Some of my other favourite subjects include Art and Business. I hope to bring as many opportunities within the subject to students and partake in enjoyable clubs and events for the younger years of our school, to hopefully inspire more children to love English. Shaila Rajput (far right): I have been at The Chalfonts Community College since last November. English has always been my favourite subject and is one I enjoy the most. I love reading and writing and my passion for this subject is what led me to wanting to become a Curriculum Leader. As a Curriculum Leader, my hope this year is to create different clubs and activities during school and after school. These could include helping students with certain topics within English, as well as clubs focusing on things like creative writing, reading and more!
Employability Skills Day On Tuesday 31st October Year 11 students were off timetable for the day to experience an Employability Skills Day. Students spent time in the main hall talking to individuals representing a variety of professions ranging from healthcare, retail, engineering, the armed forces, creative media, filmmaking, hair & beauty, the music industry, pharmaceuticals â€Ś.
Students chose to attend four workshops from a list of twelve; these included an Introduction to Apprenticeships, Customer Services and First Impressions, Working in the Creative Sector, Careers in the Stem subjects, Going to University, Interview Skills, Working in Hospitality/Catering, Careers in Health Care, Working in the Beauty Industry, Starting a Business â€Ś. Students also experienced a one to one interview with a professional from outside The College and had the opportunity to complete an on-line psychometric test.
The Employability Skills Day is a great opportunity for our students to broaden their knowledge and horizons, inspire them and further build their confidence. We are also hoping it will assist our young people to make well informed decisions about their futures. The students took full advantage of the day and were excellent ambassadors for our school! The College welcomed over 90 visitors to the school. We would like to thank all the professionals who represented their field and organisation, those who delivered our workshops and to our parents who volunteered to interview our students; without their time, support and expertise the day would not have been possible. Andrea Gilbey
On Tuesday 14th November we hosted the Bucks Lordâ€™s Taverners Pan Boccia competing with eleven schools in an Under 19s competition. We entered two teams of Years 7 and 8 students who had never played the game before. They all worked really hard and there were some very close score lines in the games. We are proud to say that our team came 4th out of 16 teams. Well done to all those that took part. We now hope to start a Boccia club at school so that we are ready for the next competition. Rachel Keitch, Teacher of PE
Girls Football My U13 girls played Dr Challoners girls for their first game of the season and won 1-0. They are very chuffed with their new Chalfontsâ€™ football kit. Training is every Tuesday after school from 3 to 4pm and there is also free coaching on a Monday evening with Chalfonts Saints FC on the Muga from 6 to 7pm. Naomi Noble, PE Technician Page 8
Martial Arts Spencer Powell, Year 12, has trained in martial arts since he was four years old and is now a qualified instructor and judge on the circuit. Spencer holds a 3rd degree black belt in Matt Fiddes Martial Arts and a 2nd degree black belt in taekwondo. On Saturday 4th October he won gold in the Pairs category/ Matt Fiddes International competition and silver in the same event in the instructor only category, losing out on gold by 0.2points. In the afternoon he took part in the World Martial Arts Council competition taking gold and a further gold in the pairs event. The judges’ commented: “That his scores were off the board.” Spencer has his own dojo and teaches his art to approximately ninety students on a regular basis in Aylesbury. He also works as an instructor at Master Fiddes school in Luton. Master Fiddes is a celebrity martial artist and former bodyguard to Michael Jackson.
Recently Macie Webb in Year 11 competed in the 6th Nations Street Dance Competition with her dance school Futunity. She came first in Squad and second in Duo and won two battles in the Over 18s section, while Futunity became overall winners of the entire competition. Macie continues to excel with her dance outside of school and helps with our school dance club every Friday lunchtime. She is an extremely driven young lady who is a fabulous role model to others in the school and we congratulate her. Naomi Noble, PE Technician
Year 10 Reading Scholars Programme Five of our Year 10 students have been part of a ‘Reading Scholars Programme’ for the last year. This enabled the students to visit the University of Reading four times and take part in a variety of workshops and activities, giving them an insight into what it is like to be at university. Many students are unsure whether or not to go to university; firstly, what do you study? What qualifications do you need to get there? Will you enjoy student life? What can you get out of it? The purpose of the programme is to address all these questions and help the students make informed decisions when they are ready. A big part of the programme was working with the student mentor team who worked individually with our students at every event and acted as a support when necessary. The programme has included the following activities: •
Looking at goals and aspirations
Learning about student life
Discovering university options
Taking part in a subject taster session
Preparing for and delivering a debate
Attending a study skills session to develop revision skills
Some feedback from the students: ‘If you are considering university, it is really helpful to see what it is like to study there. I feel much more
informed about this as a possible route. I found the revision techniques session really good.’ ‘I have really enjoyed the programme and found it so useful to hear about different career paths. I loved the session when we used Ipads to research different courses.’ ‘This experience has made me want to go to university even more and I enjoyed meeting with the mentors.’ ‘It has been a fantastic experience and has really helped me in making decisions about my future. The revision techniques session was extremely valuable.’ The five Scholars are now considering ways in which they can share some of the revision techniques they have learnt, with the rest of the school. Christine Sanders, Leader of Employability Page 10
Year 9 Visit to Bucks New University On Friday, 10th November we took forty-four of our Year 9 students to Bucks New University in High Wycombe. This was a great opportunity for the students to hear about student life and to see the amazing facilities available. We started the day with an icebreaker which involved the students getting to know members of the team and each other by working on a people bingo. They then had a team activity to build the highest tower with spaghetti and sellotape. The tower had to have a marshmallow sitting on the top. The students engaged incredibly well in this activity and there were some great team skills being demonstrated.
A tour followed showcasing some of the fantastic facilities; flight simulator, interrogation room, the moving bookcases in the library, the gym, sports hall and hospital ward! They also visited a lecture theatre to get a feel for what it would be like to study there. On return to the group room, the students worked on an activity to help them understand the cost of living as a student. They discussed costs associated with food, utility bills, transport, books and going out, which got them thinking about budgets. They then worked in teams to prepare pictures and words associated with ‘the perfect student’ to get them to think about the qualities that a student might have. The student ambassadors were on hand all day to answer questions and to lead the tours; we always appreciate their support. Some comments from the students:
‘I have always wanted to go to university and this trip has made me want to go even more’ ‘I now understand what it is like to go to university’ ‘It was interesting to see all the courses you can do’ ‘Looking around and learning about it has made me excited about going to university’ Christine Sanders, Leader for Employability Page 11
World Challenge Morocco Team Practice Expedition 11-12th November 2017 On Saturday 11th November the team assembled at 8am outside the College to embark on the two day practice expedition. This was based in the idyllic surroundings of Ashdown Wood in East Surrey. After stopping to grab a few sandwiches for lunch we arrived and went straight into expedition preparation. Team kit (emergency shelter, grab line, harness and karabiner, survival bag, 30m rope and most importantly tents) was issued and carried along with our rucksacks and day sacks to the spot we were to call home for the next two days.
The learning started straight away with camp-craft; pitching tents and choosing a site. Once all the tents were up we put up a ‘tarp’ as a group activity so we had somewhere dry to cook and eat if needed which it was, as it rained for most of the Saturday! We then learned about food, personal hygiene and kit packing before having lunch under the ‘tarp’. After lunch we set off on a circular walk to Lily Pond and practiced our map-reading and navigation. Throughout the walk we went through a number of scenarios including emergency shelter use, safety around water and a very convincing, Oscar nominating performance by Sam Lowe in first aid. By the time we got back it was starting to get dark, so it was straight into the meal preparation and remembering about personal hygiene. A meal of pasta and sauce always tastes better in the open and when you are hungry. Then it was a well-earned rest ready for Sunday.
After raining for most of the night we emerged to a much better day on Sunday; dry and slightly colder. Breakfast of porridge prepared us for our longer walk today. Again a circular walk involving more scenarios saw us learn about river crossings, use of harnesses and safety on roads. A skip-off was used to keep us warm at lunch and the open-air wrap restaurant was set up to provide lunch. The whole walk seemed to pass more quickly due to the advent of the game â€˜pegsâ€™ which was enjoyed by all. We then headed back to base where had to finish packing away camp and then hand back most of the kit. We kept the tents as these will be ours for the actual expedition in After a Kit-Kat and some soup we piled back into the bus for the journey home to be picked up by waiting parents. We have certainly tested the waterproofness of the tents which passed with flying colours, learned a huge amount about living on expedition and more importantly about living as a team. I think we went as seven individuals and came back as a team and I was thoroughly impressed by all the students. Also thanks to Mrs Hinge who is accompanying us on the expedition for her introduction to UK camping. Giles Scoble, Vice Principal
Yr10 Work Experience – Monday 9 to Friday 13 July 2018 Year 10 students will have the opportunity to attend a week of work experience from Monday 9th to Friday 13th July 2018. They will be introduced to the process at their assembly on Thursday 23rd November; all relating paperwork will be distributed to students during registration on Monday 27th November. As part of the process we will be asking students to source their own placements. The LRC will be reserved for Yr10’s on Thursday lunchtimes; students will be able to use the internet and telephone and assistance will be on hand. I am requesting that completed ‘Self Placement – Work Experience’ forms be returned by Friday 16th March. This may seem very early; the reason is health & safety checks need to be carried out with the employers and job descriptions drawn-up. It is important to ensure placements meet the necessary criteria. The week of work experience is a very exciting time for our students. It will give them a real sense of a chosen industry and enable them to talk to employers and ask questions. If students have no idea what career they want to pursue, it is a perfect way to sample different career options and explore different jobs. If a student is struggling about options post 16 a work placement might identify something they are passionate about and motivate them to succeed. It will also help students to identify their own skills and highlight areas they may wish to develop. If you, or the organisation you work within, are able to offer a work experience placement it would be great to hear from you. Andrea Gilbey – Leader for Work Experience
We’re delighted to hear that Phoebe Hedges, a recent ex-student who is studying Fine Art at Leeds Beckett, has had her work selected for exhibition by the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA). You can view Phoebe’s piece titled ‘Inspiration’ at: Royal Over-Seas League, St James, London W1 from 23 January to 8 March 2018 RBA’s annual show at the Mall Galleries from (date tba) March to 31 March 2018. Jean Crow-Stewart Teacher of Art
Download The College News App Look for ‘School News’ in your app store and keep up to date with the latest news and events at the college. We are now using the app to push through PE cancellations, job/apprenticeship opportunities as well as all our other everyday news.
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.
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Injections for Year 9 will be done in February; these are the tetanus, diphtheria & polio (TD/IPV) booster and Meningococcal groups ACWY to protect against these strains of meningitis. Consent forms will be e-mailed to parents before Christmas. Instructions for their return will be sent with the forms. Please return them by the date given. Gayle Romney Medical Officer Page 18
News from the Medical Room and Lost Property Medical Time-Out cards Students diagnosed with a medical condition, which may necessitate them leaving a lesson, are issued with a Medical Time-Out card so that they can leave the lesson, without having to explain the reason to the teacher and with as little disruption as possible to the rest of the class. Most students issued with these use them very responsibly but 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 19
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