May Newsletter 2017

 

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DIVERSITY DAY AT CHSG Students from different cultures celebrate by cooking traditional food Carshalton High School for Girls Newsletter May 2017

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From the Headteacher Reaping the rewards of hard work The examination season is upon us once again. Year 11 began their examination timetable on Monday 15th May and the GCSE exams are now well and truly in full swing. The next two school weeks are particularly busy but students have been working very hard and attending their immersion sessions between the exams, so we are really hoping their hard work will be rewarded in August. On Thursday 11th May there was a celebration event for them to look back at their 5 years with us. The students were amazing and there were lots of tears! Our Year 13 students remain in lessons until the end of this half term when we have a celebration event organised for them as they come to the end of their two years in the Sixth Form and for most, seven years at the school. They have been brilliant and a real credit. We wish them well for their future; most are hoping to move on to university so we hope August’s results will provide them with the passport they need. Across the school, all other year groups are also about to embark upon examinations, starting with Year 12 and Year 9 in the final week of this half term. Year 12 students have a mixture of AS exams and in-house school exams as subjects move from modular courses to the two year linear ones. The in-house exams are very important as they will determine entry to Year 13, meaning students must perform well. Years 7, 8 and 10 also have exams this term. For Years 7 to 9 revision booklets have been sent home to support students and I would ask that you ensure your daughter is revising thoroughly and using the hints, tips and advice given. Year 10 will receive theirs after the break. This is all good preparation for the future. Proud to be representing the school There have been countless occasions over the last six weeks when students have undertaken activities outside of the curriculum where they have represented the school and as ever, been wonderful ambassadors. Competitions in Art, MFL, Jack Petchey events including the Speak Out Challenge and Maths Challenge have all brought success. Our wonderful summer concert showcased a huge amount of musical talent and students across the year groups have been on a variety of trips and visits. Proud to wear the rose Uniform has been of an excellent standard this half term and I wish to maintain the same standard through the next half term. As the weather gets warmer a reminder that students must wear their blazer and should take off their jumper if they are hot. Of course, if classrooms are hot students will be permitted to take off their blazer during a lesson.

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Wellbeing Wellbeing is a key issue nationally and there is significant press coverage about the mental health and wellbeing of young people. The school has placed a high profile on wellbeing for some time and, as part of, our recent Wellbeing Week, launched a whole school approach with key principles and Wellbeing 5-a-day strategy. This is being led by Miss Holland, Assistant Headteacher, and more information regarding this is outlined below. And finally, school finishes at the normal time on Friday 26th May and re-opens at normal time on Monday 5th June. Wellbeing Week Wellbeing Week took place between the 6th and 12th May. This was chosen as it coincides with the National Mental Health Awareness Week. The week before Miss Holland, Miss Lowe and Year 10 students Alysha and Erica, launched our new Wellbeing Strategy. Basing our programme on the PiXL Wellbeing motto, My Life, My Health, My Mind, we have been exploring how we can look after the Wellbeing of all our staff and students. The team have re written our steps to Wellbeing and we launched them during the assembly as: Wellbeing - 5-a-day These logos will appear around the school next academic year as a poster and in the student’s planners with more detail about each strand. Students should also look out for them around school in tutor time, assemblies and at special events. We want to raise everyone’s awareness of the importance of wellbeing and how it contributes to a healthy life and mind. Given the stress of life in the 21st Century a positive wellbeing will help students and staff in their daily lives. During Wellbeing Week each day focused on a different strand with a range of activities being offered. These included Mindfulness, Origami, Diversity Day, Dance and PE activities, Giant Games, Thank you board, Clubbercise and Yoga. One of the activities for the week was a Step Challenge to see how many steps each house could walk in the week – this was won by Holmes House with over 1,400,000 steps and Ms Holmes who won the individual prize by achieving 87,297 steps during the week. Congratulations to all that took part. Thank you to all the staff that supported Wellbeing Week and to those students who got involved. As we continue to develop the Wellbeing strategy I am keen to get parents/carers involved in looking at how together we can support the wellbeing of our students and signpost parents/carers when they need support and advice. If you would be willing to attend a short meeting in the summer term please contact me on aholland@suttonmail.org, I look forward to hearing from you. Miss Holland Assistant Headteacher

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CHSG Summer Music Concert On Friday 12th May 2017, the Music Department held their annual Summer celebration of the hard work and achievement of our most talented musicians. The concert was a great success with a range of performances from soloists, and ensembles from Year 7 to Sixth Form in a range of styles and genres. The Carshalton High School for Girls Choir, led by Sutton Music Services' Corinne Hart, performed harmonious arrangements of classic numbers, Viva La Vida and Stand By Me. The concert concluded with our traditional sing along finale of Happy by Pharrell Williams, leaving all our talented performers in a great mood for the rest of the Summer Term. Students are welcome to join in with choir sessions held on Fridays between 3 and 4pm.

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House News Staff and students this term were asked to “Step Up to the Challenge” and see which House could take the most steps. Fitbits, Pedometers and Apps were running all week and on Monday it was announced that HOLMES House won with an astonishing 1,414,449 steps! The summer term still holds more opportunities for students to get involved in what all the Houses have to offer. The race is now on for the House trophy, as every participation card REALLY does count! ROWLING had the honour of lifting it up last year, who will be lifting it this year? With sports day fast approaching we will expect to see students not just competing for the house cup, but also in the British Heart Foundation 'race for life' event in support of Laura in Year 10. The house team are also proposing a Year 7 & Year 8 sports afternoon to improve student wellbeing in-line with the healthy eating week. Get yourselves involved: Staff vs Students rounders competition Sports day House cake sale Summer talent competition The house team will be planning next year’s events in the coming half term so all recommendations for events and activities for next year are welcome. Please speak to your Heads of Houses in support of this. HOUSE POINTS HOUSE POINTS HOUSE POINTS HOUSE POINTS House Point Totals so far this term House Points Red - Pankhurst 3037 Green - Roddick 2716 Yellow - Rowling 2582 Blue - Holmes 2323

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At the end of March Miss Sypko Shah entered some of our GCSE and A Level work into a competition run by “Children and the Arts”. This competition was run in conjunction with Jack Petchy and was focused around the theme of “Perspective”. We entered work by seven of our students, one of which has gone through to the short listing. We entered Lily’s A Level work which unfortunately did not win but she was congratulated and highly praised for her work at the exhibition. The Art department would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Lily and the other entrants on their hard work and efforts in Art. Our A Level students recently submitted some of their work to the Royal Academy ALevel online Summer Exhibition. They have been busily working towards their exams and are now working on coursework before their final deadlines and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for all of their hard work and dedication to the course. We have some very talented young women as you can see! The exhibition goes live on 12th June and more information can be found here: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/a -level-exhibition-online-2017

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Year 9 Mural Our year 9 GCSE Art students will be working with Simon Honey, a local Artist, on Learning Skills Day this year and have the opportunity to paint a mural on the end of the History block. The Art department ran a competition for these students so that they could decide what goes into the mural design. The winning designs will be combined to produce the final outcome. Well done to the students for their efforts in the design process, here are some of the entries for a sneak preview.. watch this pace for the final outcome after half term!

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A Level Art and Photography A huge well done to our Art and Photography A Level students who completed a 15 hour exam this half term! Also to our Year 12 students for completing work alongside them in controlled conditions as a practise for next year. As you can see, from the small selection on the left, they have worked really hard and produced work to a high standard. It has been a pleasure teaching them over the years and the Art Department will miss the Year 13s diligently working in the studios! Our Year 13 Art students received places at Central Saint Martins and Ravensbourne to continue their careers in the Art industry after A Levels. We would like to wish all of our A Level students the best of luck in the future!

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Count on Us On Thursday 11th May, three Year 9 and two Year 8 students took part in regional heats for The Mayor’s Fund for London Count on Us Secondary Maths Challenge. This was an exciting maths tournament for Year 8 and 9 students which was supported by the Jack Petchey Foundation. The challenges they were presented with included dominoes, tangrams, soma cube, pentomino puzzles, code breaking and 24®. In the code breaking task, the students had to solve algebraic equations, manipulate expressions, evaluate functions and substitute into formulae, which provided them with information to solve a significant problem. Using excellent teamwork, focus and skill, the team fought hard against 11 schools to secure one of two places in the semi-final tournament in June. Congratulations to the following pupils; they’ve been practicing four times a week to train for the challenge, and it’s paid off! Mathuraveny 9TT Shagana 9JPA Brinda 9JPA Lucia 8DR Soha 8THS

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Magistrates Court Mock Trial Competition Regional Final at Highbury & Islington Corner Magistrate Court. Congratulations to Akilaah, Amber, Amina, Anezelika, Ebony, Freya, Giovanna, Lorna, Nathina, Pragadasani, Saumaya, Wareesha and Yvonne, who were in the words of the judges “impressive”, on achieving second place at the Regional Heats of the Magistrates Mock Trial Competition. This is the first time we have made it to the Regional Heats. The girls prosecuted first against Enfield Community School who were worthy adversaries and have gone onto the National finals at the Royal Courts of Justice. Our defence team won against Wilsons not only gaining a not guilty verdict but, by gaining points on the questions by the magistrates, having a very good usher and the whole team showing confidence and preparation. The girls have gained many skills including the confidence to speak in public and to believe in themselves as well. We have already applied to enter the Bar Mock Trial Competition, so watch this space! Feedback from colleagues at Wimbledon magistrates Court said ‘I heard from my colleague Tony Prior that your girls did really well at the regional finals. It's quite an achievement to get that far and I'd like you to pass on my congratulations to them, and of course, to you. I know how much hard work it all entails, and having met you now on a few occasions I know how passionate you are about it. See you next year.’ With all good wishes Christine Wood Magistrate Wimbledon.

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Year 7 Discovery Days at Kingston University Some Year 7 students had the opportunity to visit the Kingston hill Campus of Kingston University. They met ambassadors and asked them lots of questions about university life. They then looked at Courses Galore coming up with an A to Z of Courses. Can you think of an X? They took part in the Campus Challenge looking up clues using a map with the ambassadors to find their way around the campus. They visited the huge library, the student union, the universities very own bus stop and nursing ward, finally making their way to the lunch at the student store. Students then had to invent and design their own university. The winning team, pictured below with their medals, was called Oxygen Leaves University and voted for by the rest of the students.

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Diversity Day is a day when Carshalton High School for Girls can celebrate their multi cultural community. There are at least 35 different languages spoken. The Sri Lankan language Tamil is the most common after English. We celebrate by cooking traditional foods from our different cultures. The students were very focused with their weighing, chopping and mixing of their ingredients. The smells coming from the student kitchens were unbelievable, and they were all very excited that they were trying each others dishes. Some of the recipes had been handed down from generation to generation. The food was presented in the gym, it looked like a mini pop up restaurant and the standard was very high. Some Year 7 and 8 students and teachers sampled the food. There were amazing comments from the teachers. The students were so proud to show off their cooking skills and their traditional food. There were at least twelve countries represented, as far away as Brazil and Pakistan, to countries closer to home such as Italy, Turkey and Poland. Well done girls, we were very proud of you. EfHrnoig!mlMaLnyditnhfaoumran9eiamisno.SnIa’tnvhdesr.baeaenndinI am dfvpdtidsoOreroipoaussrtnutdynhagriutthDgtIiogtimnoseaoiuuvossnesatedeans,Irad.ldcstnhiifumtmdaowryvodeebheddaai,cattcliesoytnoaaeoSouIgLkmaksgciilaeniotag,shdgodrecuakcaa)ai.eu.nrnndWrrIdieodta,vtienis(tas.Chri,aIssaunkdtrehdm ddsWfWimiussnhhhee.eeletlnsIsae,.csdwaItoenoeroddefkfaatiethlnhldlleiyestwhdheSeiienpftdjhfadoentimyrhsieesheyndhetwfsftrc,hohioieeootundlIwnedt.atakrAlsiiieatngcsngrheeealn

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Sutton Speak Out Challenge Final On Wednesday 3rd May, as reigning winners, Carshalton High School for Girls hosted this year’s Speak Out Challenge. The winner this year was Safeera Ahmed from Nonsuch High School for Girls with a speech called ‘What’s Your Story’. It was a very enjoyable night and congratulations to Safeera. To see her speech and read more about the night go the Speak Out web page. http://www.speakoutchallenge.com/safeera-ahmed-winner-jack-petcheys-speakchallenge-sutton-regional-final-2016-17/ www.speakerstrust.org

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5th June 12th June 13th June 14th - 16th June 22nd June 26th June 26th June 28th June 6th July 7th July 10th July 11th July 12th July 18th July 18th July 19th July 20th July 21st July 17th August 24th August Upcoming Dates Year 7 & 8 Exam Week Starts Year 7 Games Afternoon Year 8 Games Afternoon UCAS Online Day Year 9 Parents Evening Year 10 Exam Week starts HPV2 Year 13 Prom Year 11 Prom Sports Day Year 12 Work Experience starts Spotlight Year 7 Spotlight Year 8 Celebration of Achievement Sports Awards Evening Sixth Form Celebration Year 8 Graduation End of term A Level Results GCSE Results

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