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“Success is an Attitude...” Issue 12 - 27th March 2017
Time is fast approaching the Easter break with what will be a well-deserved rest for our students and staff – although we have lots of revision activities for our Year 11 in the first week to keep them busy! After all, when we return after Easter on Tuesday 18th April, there will only be eighteen school days left before the exam season starts in full.
Last week, we were very kindly visited by a trustee Wendy Clow, from the charity ‘The Lunchbowl Network’, who led assemblies with her daughter Kirsten in Year 13. The Lunchbowl Network was set up in 2006 to help save the lives of starving children who live in the Kibera slum in Africa. Some horrifying facts were shared with us:
Russell Denial Principal
• There is no sanitation or running water and every surface is covered in waste • Most homes are 8 feet by 8 feet and not rain proof • Open sewers run between these shacks • Three quarters of the population are under 16 years old • One quarter of these are orphans • 50% of children die before their 5th birthday
Small handmade soap stone hearts (for £1) and elephant key rings (£2.50) were sold on behalf of the charity at lunchtimes. So far we have raised £478. The amazing point in all of this is as follows: £1 feeds three children for a day. That means that we have raised enough money to feed 1434 children. I have asked Wendy to come back and visit us later in the year when our exams have finished to give us an update. This will also enable her to lead assemblies for the students that missed out.
Have a heart for Kibera. £1 makes a huge difference!
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Homework First Person Narrative Cameron Buckley 9G5 As I stand here in the floating breeze with a grudge on my shoulder I wonder why the rich live in mansions and let us wither away, getting colder. If I could change one thing on this earth it’s this society I hate with the privileged eating caviar and leaving our children with no food on their plate. It seems the fumes of this grey industrial town are silencing people every weekend and the draft of the empty hopes run around to dishearten and show contempt. Pessimism is with everyone: spreading like ashes of the ones we once knew and the children playing in the streets of a town they will forever be chained to. I’m only one of the millions of women who are mistreated and discouraged. It can only be expected in a world where the weak cannot flourish. In a town, full of stigmatism and hearts that can’t be filled. A place where the poor are the norm and the wounds can’t be healed. These people are changed now; they simply can’t switch from the violence and protests. Their minds have been altered now and their thought patterns grotesque. Time has changed these people now. In the town and the city with grit covering the streets like the prostitution living in it. Yet I can’t change this life now, even if I tried. I really couldn’t because at the end of the day I’m just a working-class woman.
A recent trip to the aptly named Empire Cinema in High Wycombe saw a group of Year 12 history students attend a morning showing of the latest film about the British Empire, The Viceroy’s House. As part of their A level history course, ‘The British Empire from 1857 to 1967’, the film focussed on the partition of India and the creation of Pakistan and how that affected people’s lives at that time. Everyone really enjoyed the film and the different perspective it portrayed of the last days of the Raj which differed from the usual textbook. It really is worth seeing.
Mr Leybourne, Teacher of History
Louis Evans (7G3) attended the recent Chiltern Youth Awards as a nominee and won the Special Achievement Award for his efforts in fund raising. Louis and his friend Max swam the equivalent of the English Channel (22 miles) in their local swimming pool to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Max's little sister is a patient battling a rare cancer, Rhabdomyosarcoma. This was no mean feat for a 10 & 11 year old, neither of whom started as particularly strong swimmers. Their original target was £750 enough to pay for a play specialist for one week but amazingly they raised £3657. Laura Savory, Senior Fundraising Manager at GOSH Children’s Charity said: “We’re so grateful to Louis and Max for their generosity and support. The money raised will help to make a huge difference to young patients and families from across the UK.” We’re all very proud of the commitment and determination Louis showed in completing this challenge and it's fabulous for him to be recognised in this way.
Chalfonts Goes Off With a Bang How do you explain the theory behind the speed of sound or show the effect of sustainable energy? On 17th March forty-five Year 9 students found out as they were part of the Big Bang Show at the NEC. They attended along with several thousand other students from all over the country and explored science, technology, engineering and maths in a massive auditorium with hundreds of interactive shows and displays. ‘The robots were so cool and the army truck was awesome’ - Finn Mitchell ‘I liked the large shows which explained the maths and science theory’ - Luke Scott ‘The Rolls-Royce engine was amazing; I might go and work for them one day! - Dylan Duce The visit was organised to promote the STEM subjects to the students in a fun and experimental way. All the students took part in a range of activities and experiments that brought to life some of the learning that they have seen this year and lots that they have yet to experience. Amongst the accompanying staff was one of the STEM Ambassadors, Mr Rik Allan, an electronics and software engineer for Altera. He was able to explain some of the finer points of the high tech equipment as well as talking to the students about what engineers do in the real world. Altera like many engineering organisations struggle to find the talent they need to develop their products. Events like the Big Bang show really bring science and engineering to life and makes recruitment a little easier. James Giles Head of Faculty – Technology, Engineering & ICT
2017 Carnegie Shortlist Selection Over the last six months library group judges have been hard at work reading, discussing, arguing and voting on the shortlist for this year’s Carnegie award. It would be great if students at The Chalfonts Community College could review a book(s) listed below and send their thoughts, comments and opinions to: firstname.lastname@example.org Copies are available in the LRC.
Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce When an alien by the name of Sputnik arrives at the door of Prez’s foster home, he can’t understand why the rest of the household see Sputnik as just an ordinary dog. How can Prez talk to Sputnik when he doesn’t talk to anyone else? Sputnik is tasked with writing a guide to Earth and finding reasons why Earth shouldn’t be destroyed, and he needs Prez’s help. An intergalactic adventure about saving the world, this is also a moving and funny tale of family and belonging.
The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock Ruth wants to be remembered by her grieving mother. Dora wishes she was invisible to her abusive father. Alyce is staying at home to please her parents. Hank is running away for the sake of his brothers. Four stories entangle in this evocative book for older teenage readers set in deepest, darkest, coldest Alaska.
The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon Born in a refugee camp, Subhi knows little of the outside world. Every night he dreams that the sea finds its way to his tent, bringing with it unusual treasures. One day it brings him Jimmie. Jimmie lives outside the fence. She can’t read, but she has a notebook and a bone sparrow necklace, both talismans of her family’s past. Together Subhi and Jimmie discover the power of friendship in the harshest of places. This is a magical book which explores the power of storytelling.
Salt to the Sea - by Ruta Sepetys It’s early 1945 and a group of people trek across East Prussia, bound together by their desperation to reach the ship that can take them away from the war-ravaged land. Four young people, one German, one Lithuanian, one Prussian and one Polish, narrate their stories and dark secrets are exposed. A moving and powerful novel inspired by tragic true events.
The Stars at Oktober Bend - by Glenda Millard Alice is fifteen, with hair as red as fire and skin as pale as bone, but something inside her is broken. She expresses herself through broken words and secret poems that she leaves around her home town, notes and love-letters to unknown readers. Manny is sixteen, all alone in the world, running to escape his dark past. When he finds one of Alice’s poems his world is illuminated and so begins a moving story of friendship, love and healing for older readers.
Railhead by Philip Reeve Step Aboard – the universe is waiting. The Great Network is a place of drones and androids, Hive Monks and Station Angels. Zen Starling, a petty thief, is about to embark on a high octane adventure. A highly inventive intergalactic world populated with vivid characters. Railhead is a thrilling adventure set where high-tech trains speed through galaxies.
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk Annabelle has lived in Wolf Hollow all her life: a quiet place still scarred by two world wars. When cruel, manipulative Betty arrives in town, Annabelle’s calm world is shattered. When Betty disappears, suspicion falls on strange, gentle loner Toby. Can Annabelle protect Toby and find Betty before it is too late? A lyrical poetic story about what’s right and wrong.
Beck by Mal Peet and Meg Rosoff A book for older readers An epic coming of age story for older readers about a mixed race young orphan boy set against the harsh background of the depression in North America. Beck’s life is a hard one; abused by the church that’s meant to look after him, shipped off to work on a farm, at every turn he encounters trials and hurdles. Amidst the harrowing journey is a story of survival and hope.
The Year 12 Young Enterprise programme has drawn to an end with five team members attending the finals at Beaconsfield High School. The programme has been a massive learning curve for the twenty-five students that originally took part in it. There have been lots of arguments and unfortunately, people being ‘fired’ since this started in September but they have really pulled together as a team in the past few months. The final twenty students decided to sell an existing product ‘Pop Socket’ as they spent too long thinking of ideas! The final involved the team in setting up a stall, selling their product and presenting to all the other Young Enterprise teams in Bucks. It can’t have been easy getting up in front of all those people and honestly telling other teams all the mistakes they had made. They won the award for ‘Outstanding Achievement’. Please congratulate Shivani Sharma, Aaina Joshi, Bradley Timms, Saavan Varambhia and Euan Williams. The managing director, Kimaya Patel couldn’t attend the final, but has done a fabulous job keeping the company going. Louise Flisher, Leader for Business Studies
Sixth Form News Year 11 Progression Interviews On Thursday 2nd March Year 11 students were invited to speak to senior teachers about their options post 16. Those who wished to be considered for sixth form were able to talk through subject choices and entry requirements with their interviewer. For those who weren’t sure about their future plans, the interviewers were able to provide information about other colleges or career choices. Those Year 11 students who couldn’t attend the progression interview evening but would like an interview should contact their form tutor to make an appointment. The interview process has been on-going for the last couple of weeks and offer letters for sixth form places will follow shortly.
UCAS Convention – ExCel, London Docklands Tuesday 28th March 2017 As part of Year 12 students’ university application process, I have booked the whole year group in to the UCAS Convention being held at ExCel on Tuesday 28th March. There is no charge for this event; students will be attending as “independent travellers” and are expected to make their own way to the venue. We will be issuing e-ticket registration details and a copy of a leaflet highlighting safety tips to the students in due course.
National Apprenticeship Show, Milton Keynes On Tuesday 14th March, some of our Year 13 students attended the National Apprenticeship Show and were able to talk to a wide variety of employers about opportunities that are available to them after they complete their studies this summer. Some students used it to research into new companies and others to speak to companies that they had already applied to: gaining inside information. It was a vibrant, interesting show and provided the students with an insight into the amazing array of different kinds of apprenticeships that are now offered.
On Tuesday 14th March a group of forty Year 9/10/13 students visited the National Apprenticeship Show in Milton Keynes. The show was supported by over seventy employers including organisations such as Aldi, Amazon, the Army, Airforce and Navy, BT plc, Deloitte, IBM, KPMG, Martin Baker Aircraft, Mercedes, NHS, Renault, Superdrug and the Weetabix food company. There were also representations from a few of the local Sixth Form colleges.
As well as being able to talk to employers at the stands, there were also workshops running for students to attend. These included; ‘Ask an Apprentice – find out what it’s really like’, ‘Making the difference at Weetabix’ and ‘Achieving your full potential. The purpose of the visit was to raise aspirations and awareness of types of Apprenticeships available. We learnt about: •
Different apprenticeship lengths
The way we would be trained
That you can build a career straight from an apprenticeship
The different entry requirements for each of the roles
That you get paid to be trained
General comments from the trip: “The trip has given me a better understanding of my options.” “It was an interesting and informative trip which opened my eyes to the world of Apprenticeships.” “I would recommend the trip to other students.” “This trip has helped develop my understanding of apprenticeships as I didn’t even know what they were!”
A few students wrote in detail about their day - here are some quotes: “In the National Apprenticeship Show’, there were lots of things to see from different companies, such as sports companies, building companies, make-up and hair product companies. My favourite was the team building with the Army. We had to get across a pretend river using planks of wood, in two minutes. I also put on some virtual reality glasses. Firstly, I jumped out of a plane and had to open a parachute and I was then on a thin mountain with rocks falling around me. It was really scary because I am scared of heights!” “I saw the British Racing College. I loved it because I love horses and I got lots of information about the things you can do; grooming, riding and helping to deliver foals! The lady explained what level we need to be to do a particular job.” “At the RAF stand, the man was talking about all the different things you could do in the RAF like pilot, RAF police, Chefs, Nurses and lots of others. No matter what job you do in the RAF, everyone gets involved in group training and sports activities.” Christine Sanders Leader for Employability
On Wednesday 8th March we took a third group of Year 9 students to Brunel University. We asked the students what questions they would like answered resulting in: What does going to University involve? What subjects might be right for me? What are the advantages of attending University? How many years does it take to get a degree? How many people do you share a room with? What does University cost? What do you do in your spare time? Are you still able to see family and do you have enough freedom? How many lectures do you have a week? Can you party? We had a presentation about Brunel University and the students were told of the thousands of courses available and encouraged to consider subjects that they really enjoy. Then there was a quiz, which the students answered quickly; they’d obviously listened extremely well! The student ambassadors then came and introduced themselves and took questions, which were very good and made clear that many of our students had thought about university as an option and were really interested to find out more. A tour followed including accommodation. The students were able to see that en-suites were an option and got an idea about the size of the kitchens! Finally, the students were taken to the indoor athletics area where Usain Bolt had trained. It is extremely impressive and quite an exciting place to be! Following the trip, the students made the following comments:
“I would now like to consider University.”
“I loved the sporting side to it!”
“I liked the trip very much; it made me want to go again.”
Year 7 County Cup Football Final On Tuesday 14th March our Year 7 football team travelled to Thame United FC to play in the County Cup Final against Dr Challoners Grammar School. They team had made it to the final with a 1-0 win over Walton High, 2-0 win over Lord Grey and finally a close battle with Buckingham which Chalfonts eventually won 1-0. The team started off the game with some flowing football in the middle of the pitch and started working away at breaking down Dr Challoners tough defence. Chalfonts dominated the possession for the first half but struggled to make any clear cut chances due to a solid Dr Challoners defence. Ben Johnson was hardly tested in the Chalfonts goal and the first half finished 0-0. The second half began and Dr Challoners came out with more intensity than they did in the first half which resulted in a number of chances that put pressure on the Chalfonts' defence. For the first ten minutes we held strong but one failed clearance fell to a Challonerâ€™s striker who lobbed the ball high over the goalkeeper and into the top far corner to make it 1-0 to Dr Challoners. This sparked a strong reaction from Chalfonts who began to keep the ball further up the pitch towards the Challoners goal. With some great passing from Riley Campbell and George Terry in midfield we began to work the ball wide to Liam Relf who whipped in a number of testing crosses that unfortunately rolled agonisingly across the goal line without a Chalfonts striker near to tap the ball in. As the full time whistle neared the Dr Challoners defence was solid enough to break down the Chalfonts attacks and hold out with a very narrow 1-0 victory. Chalfonts had most of the possession but unfortunately struggled to score against a much organised Dr Challonerâ€™s defence. In the end the game was decided on taking chances, as much as we had possession we failed to finish the chances created and credit goes to Dr Challoners for making the most of theirs whilst keeping a deserved clean sheet. Great credit to the boys involved in the game, use this disappointment to drive forward next season. Well done boys. Squad: Ben Johnson, Jayden Lockless, Ryan Vass, Harry Datta, Riley Campbell (C), George Terry, Liam Relf, Oliver Rose, Alex Brown, George Roberts and Tolu Adeleye Andy Harding, Teacher of PE Page 13
National Finals In January Chalfonts qualified in a regional gymnastics completion which enabled us to take three teams to the National Finals in Stoke-On-Trent in March. Each team (U13 girls’ squad and U13/U16 mixed squads) were entered into separate competitions and would have to perform an individual floor routine, two individual vaults and a group floor routine. There were two competitions; the first an overall one to find the best team in the UK and the second a regional, in our case the south, where scores were combined with other schools to determine which regions were performing best. Over the two days around 400 gymnasts competed from state, grammar and public schools with the standard of gymnastics being extremely high. On the Friday, our U16 mixed team of Alice Constable (Yr8) Rachael Parker (Yr10) and Andrea Sava (Yr10) performed expertly and although they narrowly missed out on the medal positions for the overall competition, together with the Misbourne School they did finish 3rd in the regional competition! They should be especially proud of this considering that a lot of teams fielded older, more experienced gymnasts. Well done and congratulations to them! On the Saturday our U13 girls team of Olivia Convery, Tia Banger (both Yr7) and India Fowler (Yr8) stepped up to perform. The standard of this competition seemed to be particularly high as the girls competed against many elite gymnasts. Largely thanks to some terrific floor routines the girls managed to finish 3rd in the region with Beaconsfield High School to represent the south. They should be absolutely delighted with this result which was a testament to all their hard work in the run-up to the competition. And when we thought our teams couldn’t possibly do better up stepped the U13 mixed team of Poppy Metcalfe, James Whitelaw (both Yr7) and Gemma Matthews (Yr8), who performed some of the best routines and vaults we’d seen from them. Their group routine in particular was absolutely stunning and drew applause from the crowd of around 500 pectators! Thanks to their outstanding individual and collective performances they finished the overall competition in 3rd place, making them the 3rd best gymnastics team in the Country!! Page 14
Chalfonts have never before been able to field three teams in a National Final. This achievement underlines the development of gymnastics at Chalfonts and highlights the depth of talent in our school. The results are also particularly impressive as these students prepare with fairly limited equipment and apparatus in comparison to some of the other entrants. Weâ€™d like to offer huge congratulations to all of the gymnasts involved and thank their coaches, Jess Goodhall, Lucy Howman (Yr12) and Miss Keitch for all their hard work in the run up to this competition!
Chiltern District Indoor Rowing On Thursday 2nd March we took fifteen students to the Chiltern District Indoor Rowing Championships. We competed against Burnham Grammar School, The Misbourne School, Dr Challoners High School, and Beaconsfield High School. There were two categories in each age group; participation and performance where they had to row 500m in the quickest time possible. Sam Sleep and Annalise Greenway started well winning the Year 7 and 8 participation events with times of 1.53 and 1.58, gaining an outstanding performance in both categories. Zoe Snoch competed in the Year 9 and 10 participation event narrowly missed coming fourth with a time of 1.56. Moving through to the Year 9 and 10 events Jacob Scott came 3rd with 1.44 and Jack Eden in 5th with 1.49. Overall the team put in outstanding efforts throughout the day and I was extremely proud of the teamwork they demonstrated in the relay events. Well done team! Mrs Charge, Teacher of PE
District Netball Tournament On Wednesday 8th March the Year 9A/B netball teams competed in the Year 9 District Netball Tournament. We left Chalfonts feeling extremely motivated and with a really positive attitude. We played a mixture of A and B teams and demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship throughout. The girls cheered each other on and continued to remain upbeat even after a defeat. The A Team qualified for the Plate final after their five games, but unfortunately the B Team got knocked out at this stage. The semi-final was against The Chesham Grammar School which we won, which took us through to the final where we faced The Amersham School who had an outstanding goal attack and some strong players centre court. However, our girls were on court with a positive mind frame, believing they could win and this had a profound effect on their performance. They played an outstanding game with interceptions being made regularly which were rapidly converted to goals. This resulted in them winning the Plate competition which was a great achievement. Well done girls in the A Team and thank you to all the Year 9 A/B teams who continue to train and give up time to play netball for Chalfonts. Mrs Charge, Teacher of PE Page 16
National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships On Friday 17th March I took thirteen budding young rowers to Lee Valley Athletics Centre in Edmonton, London. The event had over two thousand competitors from a range of schools and rowing clubs making for stiff competition. There were thirty participants in each heat and around ten heats per round. The Year 10s had to row for five minutes, the Year 9s four minutes, Year 8s three minutes and Year 7s two minutes, aiming to row as far as you could in this time. For the relay they had to cover 2000m in the quickest time possible but could do as many changeovers as they liked. We had some great successes in the heats with: the U14 girls relay team coming 8th; Jack Eden coming 6th in the Year 9 boys; Kirsty Cruickshank coming 10th in the Year 9 girls; Herman Van-Rooyen coming 10th in the Year 8 boys; and Emma Rayner coming 10th in the Year 7 girls. They all demonstrated real perseverance when they were starting to tire and I was thoroughly impressed with the way the conducted themselves. During the day they had several activities they could take part in such as Laser Tag, Climbing, Tag Rugby, Golf, American Football, Football alongside activities such as cycling your way to making a smoothie, and measuring leg strength with the aim to be invited to a GB Rowing Teams Start Programme. The latter event resulted in two students being scouted; Annalise Greenway and Kirsty Cruickshank and we are waiting to hear more details about this programme. Overall a fantastic day was had by everyone and we all cannot wait for next year. Mrs Charge, Teacher of PE
On Saturday 11th March our Year 7A/B and Year 8A/B Netball squads competed in the Kingsmead District Netball Tournament. Our Year 7 teams played extremely well. The B team were up against some difficult teams but they managed to keep motivated whilst the A team won several and lost a few by only 1 or 2 goals. The year went well for the Year 8s with the A team playing in the finals against Chesham, which they unfortunately lost. Thank you to all the girls who gave up their Saturday morning to represent the school. The PE department really appreciate your efforts. Naomi Noble, PE Technician
Sports Fixures Date
Weds 29th March Thurs 30th March
Dates for your Diary 27th March 2017 - Y13 Business and Economics Conference 25th March 2017 - Y12 UCAS Higher Education Exhibition 29th March 2017 - GCSE Dance Showcase 6:30pm - 8:00pm 31st March 2017 - DofE Gold Practice - Y11 Reports - End of HT4 (Y7-9 12.30, Y10-13 1.20) 18th April 2017 - Start of HT5 Page 19
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News from the Medical Room and Lost Property 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.
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 nformation 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.
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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Principal; Russell Denial Narcot Lane, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, SL9 8TP 01753 882032 email@example.com