February Newsletter 2017

 

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Carshalton High School for Girls Newsletter February 2017 Cover painted by Lily - 13ML

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From the Headteacher It has been a focused half term and one that has flown by. Years 11, 12 and 13 are moving at a rapid pace towards their external examinations and there has been a great deal of hard work to complete coursework and controlled assessments across many subjects. The norm is to go in to lessons and see final elements of topics being taught and on-going assessments and practice questions being set and undertaken. Students are working with staff at all times of the day and there will be a number of students and staff in over half term. My thanks to staff who, as ever, are going the extra distance for the students! Recommended revision guides are being suggested as well as providing students with access to several online programs and Apps to aid revision. For Year 11 students there are programs or Apps available for English, Maths and Science. Tassomai, a Science online learning and revision package, is the latest to be offered to students. For just £5 (normal price £28 per head), the student can have access to resources needed to revise all Science topics, questions to answer and feedback on the key areas they are strong in and those they need to learn more thoroughly. I would ask all parents to ensure £5 is paid for Tassomai and that it is being used for revision. Ideally that your daughter is accessing all these resources on a daily basis. Earlier in the term we had PARS week (Personal Academic Reviews). Every student set themselves targets to improve key areas that they have identified which will lead to greater success. Please keep discussing these with your daughter to see if she is meeting her targets and what she needs to do to continue to move on. Alongside the focus on learning in lessons, there have been a wealth of extra-curricular opportunities offered to students, some directly linked to things being studied as part of their curriculum and others to extend learning. This newsletter is packed full of information about many of the things students have been taking part in. Finally, on a more serious note, I have attached a letter regarding schools’ funding. As a group of Sutton Headteachers we have been discussing cuts to school budgets for a considerable time and in the last 18 months the cuts have really begun to hurt us all. This is not just a Sutton issue either, it is national. The Headteachers of all schools have supported the drafting of a letter and we are sending the same letter to all of the parents in our schools, asking for parental support to raise this issue with their MP and central government. Please read it carefully and support us to protect school budgets for the children of Sutton by contacting councillors and your MP. And finally...a reminder that school finishes at normal time on Friday 10th February and re-starts at the normal time on Monday 20th February. I wish you an excellent half term break.

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Accelerated Reader The LRC has had a very busy start to the year. All Year 7 and Year 8 students are now using the Accelerated Reader (AR) program. AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor students’ independent reading practice. Your daughter will pick a book at her level and read it at her own pace. When finished, she will take a short quiz on the computer - passing the quiz is an indication that she has understood what has been read. AR gives both students and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help set targets and ongoing reading practice. As with anything, performance improves with practice. Please encourage your daughter to read at home. In the background the program counts the number of words that have been read and there is an award when you get to 1 million words. We now have our first two word millionaires! Congratulations to Lizzie (7SND) and Daniella (7LJ). Maybe you could be our next millionaire! National Storytelling Week National Storytelling Week’s theme this year was ‘Fantasy and Magic’ because Harry Potter is 20 years old this year! The LRC, English and Art departments had competitions and stories were told in all lessons. A storyteller told stories about the local Lavender Fields and held magical potion workshops where students made potions to heal the king’s flatulence. On Friday 10th February 40 Year 7 students will be attending an afternoon of stories with Michael Rosen and Chris Riddle at Hampstead Theatre.

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Student Leadership Group Quick update from the SLG What an interesting start to 2017 so far. We’ve collected responses from students across the school on what we can fundraise for, so thank you to all students who have given us positive feedback. We recently had a meeting with Mrs Jones on the improvements for the school which was really positive. We discussed fundraising options, travel plans for the students and even possible changes to the school achievement programme. Throughout the next term, we will be fundraising for air fresheners to be placed in the toilets and more school trips for those students who are showing excellent behaviour or effort in and around the school. In addition, we hope that the Sixth Form wifi will be sorted out by the next term as technicians are trialling a new system with the staff and if that is successful we can roll this out across the school. Thanks for reading and if you have any suggestions find our page on the website and get in touch. Azra Y13, Lynn Y10 & Saher Y10 Notice from Sutton Police Sutton Police are conducting a crime prevention campaign across the Borough and have asked if we could send the information below to parents.

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The School Production This year’s CHSG School Production is the blood curdling tale of Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim. The shows are on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th March. All are welcome, tickets will be on sale after half-term. Vocailíní Singing Club It is my pleasure to inform you about the exciting new developments in the Music Department. The successful formation of the Vocailíní Singing Club in 2015 has led to a growing culture of excellent musical performances, contributing to a high standard of singing in the school community and successfully representing the values of our school. I am delighted to inform you that through dedicated fundraising and excellent participation in school concerts, our music students have funded a new opportunity for all students at Carshalton High School for Girls to participate in an exclusive new vocal group. Students who participate in the new CHSG choir receive expert tuition, coaching and guidance from a representative of the Sutton Music Service, Ms Corinne Hart. We are currently rehearsing a medley from Sister Act and "Viva La Vida" from Coldplay. Members of our new choir will have access to additional training, workshops, school trips and competitions. This opportunity is offered free of charge for this year and for the foreseeable future subject to further fundraising efforts. Any students who wish to get involved should speak to their music teacher as soon as possible. We look forward to performing for you at our next concert in the Summer term! Miss Monaghan (Head of Music)

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Rotary Young Photographer Competition Our GCSE and A level students have participated in the Rotary Young Photographer Competition for 2017. This competition aims to encourage young people to experiment with photography, use digital or traditional methods of photography, show interpretation of their chosen topic and express their ideas through the medium of photography. Their project brief was to produce a portfolio of three photographs based upon the theme, ‘Reflection’ in colour or black and white. Good luck to our 15 students Amy, Jo, Lucie, Becky and Cristina in Years 12 & 13, and Lucy, Shaniya, Leyre, Ariana, Aye and Chloe in Year 11 and Sakhia, Maya, Nicole and Joanna in Year 10. Last year we had two students go through to the National heats! A great effort has been demonstrated in the imagery that has been submitted and the Art Department are very proud of the students Photography work. http://www.rotary-ribi.org/

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Two Brothers by Eloise - 12CF Saatchi Gallery Schools’ Art Prize 2017 Year 12 and 13 students have submitted their artworks to the annual Saatchi Gallery Art Prize for schools 2017. The prize is open to all schools and colleges worldwide. Prizes include a high profile exhibition of the top 20 shortlisted art works at the Saatchi Gallery as well as monetary prizes to students and schools. The Art department are very proud of the students’ artworks and the dedication that they show both in and outside of school for Art and Photography. The link to the galleries can be found here: http://www.saatchigallery.com/schools/prize/2017/ Image by Joanna - 13ML

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Year 7 Trip to the National Gallery At the end of January 47 Year 7 students went on a trip to the National Gallery. Founded in 1824 and moving to its current location in Trafalgar Square some years later, the Gallery is one of London’s most famous museums and houses one of the best collections of paintings in the world. The girls thoroughly enjoyed their visit, discovering many inspiring and outstanding works of art. The students were fascinated and excited to see first-hand a number of famous and classical works by the old masters. They were treated to talks delivered by Gallery staff who explained the different techniques and approaches to landscape painting which have been used over different periods of art history. They were also guided through the key elements of composition in their chosen genre and were encouraged to compare and contrast variations in style and technique. The students were very attentive during the talks and took part with great enthusiasm. It was a rich and informative day, and a great reminder of the amazing history and world famous artwork which is on display in London. WE NEED YOUR VOUCHERS! We need your help! HOUSE POINTS HOUSE POINTS HOUSE POINTS HOUSE POINTS The house competition has been hotting up through the year. At the half way stage Roddick are ahead with Pankhurst hard on their heels. There is still plenty of time for that to all change by the end of the summer term. We are collecting the active kids vouchers to exchange for equipment to be used in lessons. Vouchers can be collected when you shop in Sainsbury’s stores, petrol stations or for groceries online. The Active Kids vouchers box can be found in the LRC or handed directly in to Miss Golightly. House Green - Roddick Red - Pankhurst Blue - Holmes Yellow - Rowling Points 1936 1908 1547 1764

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Young Interpreters in Action Ms Chamberlain, a valued member of staff, is off to Poland in the half term. She asked if the Young Interpreters would like to teach her some Polish. Mariola and Martyna relished the challenge and after a couple of lunch time lessons, Ms Chamberlain, now feels confident to greet, order food and ask for the bill. She is now looking forward to the trip even more. Thank you Young Interpreters! 2nd March 7th March 9th/10th March 16th March 20th - 24th March 23rd March 24th March 31st March 19th April Upcoming Dates World Book Day Afternoon Inset, students dismissed at 1.30pm School Production: Sweeney Todd Year 8 Options Evening/Careers Fair Year 10 Work Experience Year 11 Parents Revision Challenge Evening Year 9 Boosters Comic Relief Year 9 Boosters End of Term First day of Summer Term students start at 11.00am

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Carshalton High School for Girls West Street Carshalton Surrey SM5 2QX 020 8647 8294 www.chsg.org.uk

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