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Carshalton High School for Girls Newsletter March 2017

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From the Headteacher Another term has passed very quickly, with a number of activities and events that have made it another memorable one. Firstly, our students facing external examinations in Years 11, 12 and 13 have continued with their serious and focused approach to their studies. Pre-public exams have been a key feature and students have been attending coursework completion and revision sessions before school, during lunchtimes, after school and on Saturdays. Last week we held our Year 11 Revision Challenge Evening where a wealth of resources were given to Year 11 students as well as invaluable advice on how to revise, to look after their wellbeing and how parents can support their daughters during this challenging time. As we move rapidly towards the exams we wish all students the very best of luck. As well as all the exam preparations there has been a wealth of activities, trips and visits going on. A number of students have taken part in a range of sporting activities that have included matches and tournaments where we have gained a great deal of success. Our new sports facilities are obviously having a really positive effect! Trips have included a visit to the Globe Theatre to see Shakespeare in Action, Art visits to galleries and theatre trips. Our students have taken part in competitions, including a mock magistrate’s court trial competition which we won, competing against other local schools. We then had our annual Drama Production which, this year, was Sweeney Todd. It was a wonderful show and technically an incredibly difficult one for students to perform. The cast was fantastic, well done to all students involved. Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) Throughout this term we have been undertaking discussions with Carshalton Boys Sports College regarding the possible formation of a multi-academy trust. Governors have issued this statement: As you are aware CBSC and CHSG have been involved in discussion with regard to the formation of a Multi-Academy Trust. When two very good schools with strong leadership and governance attempt to come together to form a MAT, there are significant challenges with regard to establishing agreed leadership and governance structures as there are guidelines imposed by the Department for Education which limit possible options available to schools. Unfortunately, these challenges have proved a barrier to progressing the MAT and therefore the schools will not be forming a MAT at this time. Whilst both schools will explore other possible options individually, the schools wish to retain the very positive relationship that has existed over the years.

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Goodbye to Staff It is with sadness that we say goodbye this term to three members of our teaching staff. Ms Chizhova, Head of Physics, has decided to retire. Ms Chizhova has been with us for just over 2 years. We thank her for her work and wish her a long and happy retirement. Mrs Dymock returned from maternity leave at the end of January. She is leaving us to spend more time with her new baby, deciding to work part-time and has secured a post to do so at another local school. Mrs Dymock has been at the school since 2010. During that time she has given so much to the school as a teacher of Maths and the work she has undertaken as Key Stage 3 Maximising Achievement Co-ordinator in Maths. We thank Mrs Dymock for her commitment and wish her all the very best for the future. Mrs Cassell has also decided to retire. Mrs Cassell has been at CHSG since 1994. She has dedicated much of her teaching career to the school and the students here. Mrs Cassell is an incredibly hard-working teacher who gives everything to benefit the students she teaches. She has taught across the Technology subjects and been Head of Food Technology. She has also been responsible for the school Travel Plan, securing us the silver award. We thank Mrs Cassell for her dedication and loyalty and wish her all the very best for the future. Just after Easter two members of staff will be going on maternity leave, Mrs Longman and Mrs Lacey. Our very best wishes go with them for the additions to their families. We also say goodbye to two long-serving members of our support staff. Mrs Kealy, Learning Support Assistant leaves us after nearly 10 years. Mrs Kealy has supported hundreds of students through their time here and we are extremely grateful for her dedication and the time and the help, advice and guidance she has given to so many. Mrs Kealy is also a driving instructor and is leaving to dedicate more time to her own driving business. We wish her all the very best. Mr Burrowes, one of our Premises Assistants is retiring. He has been part of the Premises team here since 2003 and has become a familiar figure endlessly tidying and maintaining the site during that time. The contribution of support staff is often not recognised in school as they work behind the scenes and are not so visible to parents. The contribution of Mr Burrowes has been huge as he has sought to ensure things are in place for students and staff, as well as running lettings in the evenings and weekend. We thank Mr Burrowes for his commitment and loyalty to the school and wish him a long and happy retirement. And finally, as it is a disrupted week when we return after Easter, with a bank holiday on Monday 17th April and an INSET day on Tuesday 18th April, therefore the return of students will be at the normal time of 8.35am on Wednesday 19th April and not 11am as previously publicised. I would like to wish all students and parents a wonderful Easter break.

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“Young people selected should be those who have gone above and beyond, and achieved – perhaps where others thought they might fail.” Jack Petchey CBE Speak Out Challenge! Workshop Speak Out Challenge! is a programme run by Speakers Trust and funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation. The programme teaches students the skills, confidence and desire to speak in public. Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! is available to every state secondary school in London and Essex. The training scheme was offered to 60 students from Year 10 and on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th March. CHSG students took part in their first workshop. Students were led by Chris from the Speakers Trust, learning how to speak in public. Seven students will proceed through to the next round: a school assembly where staff and students will pick two students to represent the school at the regional final that is being held at CHSG on Wednesday 3rd May. All Sutton schools will be represented; parents and guests can come and support their school speakers in the Regional contest. Regional Winners progress to another round before finally being selected to represent their school and borough. Radio presenter Nick Grimshaw and Author Sara Crossan are amongst others on the Grand Final judging panel this year. Last year our very own Lily was not only Sutton’s regional winner, but also in the top 10 speakers out of 18,000 in the London and Essex counties. Good Luck Bethany, Neve, Molly, Farai, Ami, Fizza and Tushaun.

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Year 8 Termly Rewards On Monday 27th March Year 8 had their usual end of term rewards assembly; this is an opportunity for Ms Kelly-Smith, Mr Stockwell, Mr Rahman, Ms Newman and the teachers of Year 8 to recognise students who have been working particularly hard and contributing positively to our school community. Firstly, Ms Kelly-Smith and the Year 8 team would like to recognise the following girls who have been awarded a ‘Star of the Week’ award this term:  Lacey (8BC) for being helpful by organising information for the tutor group and always being a proactive member of the form group.  Phoebe (8DR) for her dedication and organisation with her Numeracy Ninja work.  Isabel (8BEC) for her work as a numeracy leader, her positivity and the enthusiastic way she gets on with things.  Rayeesa (8TAM) for always having an exemplary attitude towards school.  Leah (8EC) for always being a polite & friendly member of the tutor group.  Leah (8MAA) for her contributions to the tutor group assembly.  Ellie-Mai (8MAA) for being such a kind, positive member of our school community and making other students feel comfortable and safe.  Cleo (8EC) for her hard work in all lessons and involvement in extra-curricular activities.  Hanna (8THS) for demonstrating a consistently excellent attitude to all aspects of school- as well as being impeccably polite and lovely.  Kiko (8BC) for demonstrating a consistently excellent attitude to all aspects of school and always being a focused and friendly student.  Sara (8JO) for consistently having an excellent attitude towards all of her learning. Tegan (8TAM) also needs to be congratulated for having the highest number of ViVOs in the year group for this school year so far! Well done Tegan! Finally, Ms Kelly-Smith would like to recognise 8THS for being the tutor group with lowest level of behaviour points in the year group; their significantly lower number of behaviour points than other tutor groups demonstrates how they work together as a community (under Ms Sabulal’s excellent guidance) to meet school expectations and do their best in everything they do. Congratulations girls, keep up your hard work as we move into the final term of the school year! Ms Kelly-Smith, Mr Stockwell and Mr Rahman would like to wish all of their Year 8 students, their parents/carers and their families a wonderful Easter holiday!

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Year 7 Geography Field Trip As part of the Year 7 Geography course, students visited Carshalton High Street to research the local shops and shopping habits of local people. Here are some of the comments from students who went on the field trip: On the 9th March 2017, Year 7 went on a geography trip to Carshalton High Street. The purpose of this trip was so we could collect data on how many people do their shopping and why they came to Carshalton High Street. We also went there so we could see the different high and low order shops. It was exciting because we got to go somewhere outside the school and we got to enjoy ourselves. Kamilla 7RKS On Thursday the 9th of March, Year 7 geography classes went to Carshalton High Street. The reason we were out of the classroom was we needed to collect data for our Geography course. Altogether there were seven people in each group, three asking people to fill out a questionnaire, two people filling out a base map for the left of the high street and two people filling out one for the right. The mere fact of escaping the classroom excited us; therefore we were thrilled to explore the high street. We were only there for 20 minutes however, it was a refreshing break from sitting down and doing work. Fortunately the trip didn’t run into the next lesson. Elle 7RKS We went on an adventurous journey to Carshalton High Street. The purpose of our trip was to complete two activities. The first one was to complete a small sheet and to identify if the shops were high order or low order; we were also completing a questionnaire asking members of the public to participate. These activities helped us with our course work. We were collecting information and identifying low and high order shops. We enjoyed going outside instead of staying inside the classroom every day, it was exciting and different. Susetha 7RKS On 9th March a class of 21 Year 7 Geography students went to Carshalton High Street. The purpose of the trip was to collect data for our coursework. We were all split up into groups of 7, and we decided what jobs we wanted. Some asked members of the public questions (a questionnaire) and the rest looked at shop windows to see if they were high order or low order goods* (the things they sold in the shops). It was a lovely experience to go down to the high street and ask the public questions about their shopping. Dur-e-adan 7RKS * Low order shops: a shop from which people buy on a regular, often daily daily basis - for example, newspapers, bread and milk. High order shops: a shop that is usually expensive, from which people buy only occasionally e.g. furniture, computers and jewellery

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Have you seen the weekly fascinating maps in Geography? From comparing global reading hours to the distribution of plastic in our oceans; from changing life expectancy to the UK's rivers; from the first day of the week to Winnie the Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood. Make sure you take a look at the weekly maps outside B3 to see the world in a different light. In Geography, selected students have been attending an after school 'Challenge Club'. The students are from Years 7 to 10 and are keen to challenge themselves and their geographical knowledge. The students have been given the research question- 'Where is the most hazardous place on Earth?' They have been working on finding maps that show the distributions of different hazards found in the world. Their task is to then create a map that has multiple hazards shown, and answer the research question. Well done to all girls involved who have been showing extra commitment to their studies by attending the after school club. Mrs Norman

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On Friday 10th February Miss Care took a group of Year 8 students to The British Museum with Mrs Kikidis and Miss Franco. The students are studying “Culture” this term and across the department they are creating Venetian masks, Totem Poles, Greek Plates and Nkisi African sculptures. The students were able to see original and authentic works from most of these cultures on the day. We split into groups and completed the “treasure hunt” for key pieces across the large museum from different countries and cultures. These included “pieces of eight”, “The Rosetta Stone”, “Mummified Bull” and a “Statue of Ramesses the Great”. The students were thoroughly exhausted by the end of the day and all very much enjoyed the experience. They were a pleasure to take to London and an excellent day was had by all! On Tuesday 22nd February students from Ravensbourne attended our school to give year 10, 11, 12 and 13 Art students a talk about careers in the Arts and their personal experiences studying a creative degree. Ravensboure is a college in Greenwich that specialises in digital media and design. The students spoke about courses that are on offer at Ravensbourne such as graphics, architecture, fashion & foundation as well as media based courses such as film, photography, TV, animation and web based courses. On Tuesday 22nd February Miss Holmes took the A level students to London to the Saatchi gallery and the Tate Britain. The students have now been given their exam papers which include the themes of “Structure” and “Environment”. The students were able to view artworks across different time periods including contemporary works to link and relate to their project work and assessment objectives. Critical studies are an imperative element to exam preparation to demonstrate influences from artists and help to develop ideas creatively for inspiring and original works of Art. A great day was had by all. It was interesting to know that 94% of students at Ravensbourne go on to career based placements at the end of their courses working in industry. Some of our students have applied to University courses here for September, and some have attended summer school and Saturday school placements. All of the students who attended the talk were inspired!

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TATE BRITAIN On Friday 3rd March Miss Care, Miss Holmes and Mrs Kikidis took the Year 10 Art students to London to The Tate Britain. The students have just completed their first project for coursework based on a variety of themes such as "Close ups", "The Everyday", "Diary and Book Art" and "A Sense of Place". They have just started their summer exam preparation for themes such as "Food", "Detail", "Assembled" and "The Human Condition". Their tasks for the day were to find two pieces of work to link to their first project and two pieces of work to link to their second project and document the works with sketches and notes whilst in the gallery to complete more detailed studies when back in school. The work is set out in a timeline from historical works to contemporary works. The students were impressed with all of the incredible Artworks on display and were able to find inspiration for their own work. They took a while to build up their confidence completing drawings in the gallery spaces but soon got into the swing of it! This group was a pleasure to take on an extracurricular trip, they all worked hard to produce their work on location. The trip was a huge success - well done ladies!

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On Tuesday 7th March the Sixth Form Art and Photography students took a trip to UCL Institute of Education for an 'Art in Action' lecture day. This was a thoroughly exciting opportunity as it was a chance for us to gain insight into different areas of Art, such as Graphic Design and Digital Art, from Artists and practitioners within the industry. The day began with a talk about Graphic Design from Rebecca Wright, lecturer at Central Saint Martin’s, entitled 'Everyone & Everywhere'. This talk opened our eyes not only to what Graphic Design really is, not just being limited to websites and logos, but also to the role of Graphic Design within our everyday lives. Next, we received a talk and live demo from digital artist Roz Hall, who spoke of the emerging use of tablets and mobile phones to create art. This was particularly engaging and accessible for all of us because we own such devices ourselves. All of this led up to the afternoon session with the renowned Photographer Martin Parr and Artist Grayson Perry. They not only gave us an insight into both their past and current work, but also what motivates them as creative individuals. All of us left motivated to approach art as a journey of discovery and we were inspired to keep our options open when aspiring to a career in the Arts. This day helped all of us realise the diverse opportunities that are within the Arts, and helped us to understand the skills needed to succeed within the industry. 'It was very refreshing to listen to artists speak about what led them to discover their passion.' - Chelsea 'A very informative and interesting day. I especially enjoyed the talk by Photographer Martin Parr as it was very relatable.' - Jo 'It was motivational and gave me insight into the different aspects of art that are out there.' - Duaa 'The speakers inspired me to stay true to my identity within my artwork.' - Amy Our A Level students had their work submitted to the Europa Art Exhibition the week of 13th - 17th March as part of the Sutton Youth Exhibition in collaboration with other schools in the borough. The students had the opportunity to attend a private view on Thursday 16th March and the mayor attended to give out awards. A local artist also gave a speech and spoke to the students on the evening. We are very proud of their work and the time and effort that they dedicate to their Art courses. This year five of our A2 students will be going on to study Art at a higher level and develop their skills further.

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Shinya - 13MBS Some of the Images from the Europa Art Exhibition Weronika - 13CE Eloise - 12CF Lily - 13ML

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This year's school musical production transformed the CHSG Assembly Hall into foggy Victorian London. Smoke and fear spread down through the audience as our wonderful cast of Year 7 - 10 students introduced the legendary tale of Sweeney Todd. Singing loudly and with great enthusiasm, Sweeney Todd (played by talented Year 9 student Freya W) entered the scene promising a night of vengeance, thrills and dramatics of the highest standard for all to enjoy. Sweeney Todd was joined by gifted Year 10 student Cassie M, in the form of the unstoppable Mrs. Lovett, owner of the Worst Pies in London! Together they hatch a deadly plan to kill the evil Judge Turpin (Grace T of Year 10), and his devious side kick Beadle Bamford (Thea B of Year 10). Caught up in the middle of flour, shaving foam and schemes was the lovely Johanna (Aurora CH of Year 9), Sweeney Todd's long lost daughter captured by the Judge, and her star crossed lover Anthony (Rachel W of Year 10). Together they brightened up a most gloomy story with their hopeful and sweet singing.

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You cannot mention Sweeney Todd, without giving a nod to his rival in business, the spectacular Senior Perelli (Giovanna B of Year 9), who performed a hilarious song promising the cast and audience miracles! Last but not least, the day was saved by the work of Toby (Amy H of Y8) who lifted the spirits of the audience with a beautiful rendition of Nothing's Going to Harm You. The cast and crew created a truly spectacular show with the help of Lily W of Y13 who choreographed memorable numbers such as By The Sea and City on Fire! We are incredibly proud of our students for their professionalism and enthusiasm for producing a show that will be remembered with great fondness for years to come. Miss Monaghan

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On Thursday 16th March our annual Careers Fair was our biggest and best so far. Relocated in our new canteen we had over 50 professionals from various fields talking to students and parents from Year 8 to Year 13. There were presentations from Martin Tucker a Forensic Manager and Hannah Laraway a recruitment Consultant which were well attended and feedback included ‘I feel much better prepared for the world of work’. There was information available on apprenticeships from training providers as well as employers. Professionals consisted of parents, former students, and volunteers from business and employers who have supported us though work experience. We would like to thank them all, for giving up their time to share their expert knowledge in their fields. What the students had to say: ‘Great talk, I have changed my direction of interest!’ ‘All the jobs were clearly specified and my knowledge in different areas has improved.’ ‘Helped me narrow down what I don’t want to do.’ ‘Very good representatives. Made my daughter think.’ Statistics have shown that the more contact young people have with employers the more employable they become. It also shows that they earn more money. At CHSG we ensure students have these opportunities through Take Your Daughter To Work Day, Work Experience, visits to employers and challenges as well as the Careers Fair. The population of the world is 7.2 billion, and about 70 percent of people in the world are working. This gives a staggering figure of about 5 billion jobs in the world. This number is expected to rise as younger people enter the labour market. There are so many different types of job opportunities in today's world, the more research that is done the greater the chance your daughter has of finding her ideal career. Mrs Greenland Careers & WRL Manager

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Magistrates Court Mock Trial Competition On Saturday 11th March thirteen Year 9 students attended Lavender Hill Magistrates Court to take part in the Local Heat of the Magistrates Court Mock Trial Competition. There were eight teams taking part from various schools including Bishop Thomas Grant, Rivers Academy, Reach Academy and Grey Court School. Students were given a team talk to discuss what they had learned so far. Some of the things the girls said they had learned were a better idea of the legal system, confidence and the value of team work. After taking a deep breath to calm our nerves we went into the court room. on script, clear and concise presentation and questioning, following of procedure, contribution and team work. After their deliberations the Magistrates came back with the verdict for our prosecution team of 'GUILTY', the only team on the day to do so. The second round saw our defence team with Giovanna and Pragasini representing Bek Lejohn against a prosecution team from Wilson's School. Ebony acting as the Usher kept the court in order swearing in the witnesses as needed. Bek was a strong witness and looked respectful sitting behind glass in the dock. Our final witness Tye Lejohn (Lorna who was in the defence team) faced some very hard questioning. Giovanna's closing speech summed up the case well, putting the burden of proof on the prosecution team. The magistrates came back with the verdict for our defending team of 'NOT GUILTY'. We waited excitedly for the third round to be played out and for the judges to add up their marks. WE WON. Tears of joy were cried and smiles were of sheer exhilaration after their hard work. Thanks to the girls for their hard work and diligence and the parents for being there and supporting them. The CHSG students were representing a case of Domestic Burglary contrary to Section 9 of the Theft Act 1968. Bek Lejohn (Nathina who was in the defence team) was accused of breaking into the home of a former friend, Rowan Brown (Saumya who was in the prosecution team) and stealing a Playstation 4. The first round saw our prosecution team with Freya and Akilaah representing the Crown against a defence team from Wallington High School. Freya gave a convincing Opening Speech. This was followed by questioning and cross examinations from both teams to both Rowan and Nik Jenkinson (Yvonne who was in the prosecution team) and two other defence witnesses. Our Legal Adviser (Amber prosecution) summed up the cased for the Magistrates before they went out to deliberate. There were seven magistrates hearing the case for each round; which included one actual magistrates and three from both the prosecution and defence team. Our Magistrates were Amina, Anezelika and Wareesha. There were various Magistrates observing the hearing to judge the students on timings, reliance We now have to prepare for the Regional Heats in May which will be at Highbury Magistrates Court. We will be given a second, different case to work with. The final stage of the competition for the winners of the regional heats is the national final of the competition which will be held at the Royal Courts of Justice in London in June 2016. That will be us I’m sure. Mrs Greenland

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