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Carshalton High School for Girls Newsletter July 2017

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From the Headteacher Another amazing year comes to a close. It was a year that began with record results, followed by new facilities and throughout the year many fantastic events and trips. Some of the most recent have included all our celebration events: Year 7 Celebration of Achievement, Year 8 Graduation, our celebration assemblies, Sports Award Evening and the Year 13 and Year 11 Proms! There have also been a huge number of trips and visits, both this term and through the year, with over 200 trips giving students additional opportunities outside of the classroom, including trips abroad, such as the outdoor activities trip to France and the MFL trip to Malaga in Spain. The main focus this term has been on examinations: public examinations for Years 11, 12 and 13 and end of year exams for all other students. The formal assessments in Years 7 to 10 are so crucial for preparing students for the real thing. Through the year the school has faced the constant challenge of a reducing budget and I would like to thank those parents who did lobby their local MP to raise the profile of this issue. Along with all schools locally we have had to make some very difficult decisions and choices, but are determined to ensure high quality provision remains in place for the students. I would also like to thank those parents who have helped us by contributing to school fund and if you have not done so yet, it is not too late! Our Finance team will be happy to assist you. It is with sadness that we say goodbye to several members of staff. Firstly, we say a very sad farewell to two outstanding subject leaders who are retiring. Ms Butler-Salvidge has been at the school for 38 years. She has dedicated her teaching career to the students at CHSG and during her time here, both as a teacher and as Leader of the Vocational Department, has secured amazing examination results and career pathways for thousands of our students. Ms Butler-Salvidge has made a huge contribution to the school and we cannot thank her enough for her loyalty, commitment and dedication. Ms Ridout, Director of English, is also retiring after 26 years at CHSG. Ms Ridout is a fantastic teacher who adores her subject and her department. Again, thousands of students have benefited from her passion for Literature, and she has instilled and inspired in many a love of reading and writing. She leaves behind a hugely successful and effective department and we thank her for everything she has done and the huge contribution she has made to CHSG over the years. Both Ms Butler-Salvidge and Ms Ridout have decided to explore life beyond teaching and we wish them both a very long and happy retirement.

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Mr Choudhry is leaving after eight years at CHSG. We thank him for all his work and the spirit he has brought to the Maths Department. That enthusiastic and fun spirit has also led Mr Choudhry to contribute to the wider life of the school in a whole variety of ways and we thank him for this. Mr Choudhry is taking up a management role at a school and we wish him all the very best. Mr Waterman is also taking up a post at another local school. Mr Waterman joined the school in 2010. He has been a dedicated and hard-working member of staff throughout his time at the school. He has contributed to the development of the ICT Department and his knowledge and skills around Computer Science from his previous industrial background has been of particular value. We thank Mr Waterman and wish him well in his new post. Miss Park, Head of Chemistry, leaves us to re-locate to Bristol. Miss Park joined the school in 2013 having come from Canada. Miss Park is an excellent teacher and we were delighted to be able to employ her when she first arrived in the country. She has played a major part in securing very good outcomes in Science, both for her own students and through her role as Head of Chemistry. We thank Miss Park for her commitment and work and wish her well in her new life in the West Country. Ms Downer is leaving us to move abroad. Ms Downer has been a highly valued member of staff during her three and a half years at the school and has made a major contribution to the Maths Department. We thank her for her commitment to CHSG and wish her all the very best for the future. Mr Patel, Co-Director of Maths, leaves us to take up a Head of Department role in a Croydon school. He has introduced a number of new initiatives whilst being Co-Director. We thank him for his work and in particular the extra-curricular support given to students to support them achieving good outcomes. Mr Worrell is leaving us. We thank him for his contribution to both the Maths and Science departments. We wish him well in his post at a local school. And finally with regard to teaching staff, we say thank you and farewell to two members of staff who have been on temporary contracts. Firstly, Ms Agunsoye, Teacher of Child Development and Health and Social Care and secondly Mr Blackmore who has been on a temporary contract covering a maternity leave. We thank them both for their hard work and wish them both all the very best for the future. Two members of our support staff will also be leaving us, Miss Paice, who began here as a cover supervisor and has gradually undertaken more teaching, leaves us to do her Qualified Teaching Status accreditation. We wish her all the very best. We know she will make a fantastic teacher as she has been doing so much here already, and hope that there may be a position for her to return to in the future. Mr Rowe, Deputy Network Manager is also leaving. Mr Rowe is re-locating to Edinburgh. We thank him for his quiet, but highly effective contribution to keeping our IT systems up and running. We wish him all the very best for the future.

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Finally, I would like to draw your attention to the recent letter sent out by Miss Holland on safeguarding and keeping children safe. The letter is being sent as part of a national and Sutton initiative to work with parents on highlighting the growing issues around the wellbeing of young people. The information in the letter and the further information in this newsletter is to raise the profile of the issues with parents as well as providing help and advice on where to seek further support should it be needed. Further information is available on the website by clicking on the Wellbeing slideshow on the home page. That just leaves me to thank you for your support over the past year. It has been a wonderful year with so much to be really proud of. I wish you a wonderful summer break; let’s hope the sun starts shining! School Photographer The photographer will be in school in the Autumn Term to take student photographs on Wednesday 6th September. All students should be in full school uniform and Sixth Formers need to be dressed appropriately for an office environment.

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Postcard Competition The geography department is looking for postcards from around the world. These will be used in a new display that is planned for September. We want to show how far CHSG students and staff have travelled around the world and what international connections they have. The first person from each country will win points. What is the geography behind the headline? First person to bring in a geography related news story from around the world gets extra points. Collect a news event summary form from Mrs Stangroom.

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SP TLIGHT To get in to Spotlight we had to audition for dance and this is done in Houses. Each House auditioned on different days. For the audition we could do any genre of dance as a solo, duet or group. If you were successful in getting through you would represent your House on the Spotlight days. The audition results came out and I was lucky enough to be selected to do a solo dance for Rowling. Year 7 Spotlight was on Tuesday 11th July and all Year 7s were sitting down ready to watch the Dance, Drama and Music acts from each House. We all performed to the Judges - Mrs Jones, Miss Holland and a Sixth Form student. The competition was tough - all acts were very good. The time came for the results to be announced and Mrs Jones said how good the competition was and how close the marks were. There were winners for Best Drama, Best Music and Best Dance as well as one for Special Achievement (for an act that stood out). Katy - 7VF The Winners Year 7 Dance - Holmes Drama - Roddick Music - Holmes Judges special prize- Rowling Dance Year 8 Dance - Pankhurst Drama - Roddick Music - Pankhurst Judges special prize - Holmes

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Step LIVE! Step LIVE! 2017 was held at Southbank Centre on Monday 17th July 2017. The festival involved over 1000 dancers from 70 London & Essex schools. It included free afternoon activities, a thrilling evening performance in the Royal Festival Hall as well as our 10th birthday party in the Clore Ballroom. CHSG Step Into Dance students successfully completed their audition at Rambert to be part of the StepLIVE performance at Southbank. The students have been dedicated to their rehearsals every week since September. It was fantastic watching them perform at such a famous dance venue. The students were very excited to receive free t-shirts celebrating ten years of Step Into Dance and their performance was also watched by the chorographer Ryan Jenkins! Step into Dance will begin again in late September. Please contact Mrs Whitcomb if you are interested in being part of the project.

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Sutton Library Art Exhibition From Monday 19th June until Thursday 22nd June CHSG Art students had work exhibited in Sutton Library. This is a prime location for students’ work to be exhibited and viewed by the local community. We have received numerous positive comments about the high quality of work produced and members of the public were keen to congratulate the students for their efforts. The artwork ranged from Year 7 work through to Year 12 and 13 work. On Tuesday 20th June the Art Department, Mrs Jones, Miss Holland and Mr Harding, our chair of governors, gathered to present students with certificates and congratulate them on their hard work and dedication throughout the year. This year we even presented our very own "Art Oscars". This was a fantastic evening and a great week showcasing the high level of artwork that our students produce. We are very proud of their efforts and to each and every student who had work selected, a big "THANK YOU!" from the department.

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Artist in Residence On Friday 9th June Miss Care arranged for the year 10 GCSE students to work with an Artist in residence for the day. We were lucky enough to receive funding from Jack Petchey for this wonderful experience for the students. Tinsel Edwards is a contemporary British artist originating from Leamington Spa, England. She lives and works in London. Her paintings and text based works are politically motivated and often include social commentary. There is usually an autobiographical element to her artwork – the subjects and themes she tackles often relate to her personal experiences. Her art has addressed a variety of themes including inequality, money, the art establishment, consumerism, hope, revolution and love, and more recently her work has explored the issues surrounding the housing crisis in London. In 2015 Tinsel’s art was selected to be part of Dismaland, Banksy’s ‘bemusement park’ in Weston-super-Mare. Banksy is a collector of Tinsel’s work. Tinsel has exhibited widely across the UK and in Germany, Austria, Poland and America. She has worked with Jealous Gallery, The Pure Evil Gallery, The Art Car Boot Fair and Galerie Michaela Stock in Vienna amongst others. In the workshop students explored working with text and imagery and were encouraged to explore identity and activism. They were asked to create artwork which made a statement, ideally political, by making an alternative self- portrait. A self-portrait in the traditional sense would be a painting or photograph of you. In the workshop students created artworks to represent who they are without actually using a full direct image. They were asked to express and communicate their beliefs and opinions and combine this with text such as a hope or wish for the future, a belief or an opinion, or perhaps a song lyric or line from a poem. Or alternatively a quote or motto from someone you admire. The students produced some excellent work throughout the day and were really engaged and inspired by Tinsel. It was a fantastic opportunity to develop GCSE portfolios and have an insight into what it is like to be a practising artist in today's society. http://tinseledwards.com/

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As part of this year’s Learning Skills Days Year 7 visited KidZania. KidZania is a replica city where children can try out different jobs and earn money doing them.

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Surrey School Track and Field Championships 2017 Safyre (10KW) and Reah (8EC) were selected to represent CHSG and Sutton at the Surrey School Track and Field Championships 2017! The girls competed at Kingsmeadow Athletics Stadium on Saturday 10th June representing CHSG and Sutton. Well done Ladies! The PE and Dance Department Sutton Schools Athletic Borough Championship On Wednesday 21st June, 40 of our students from Years 7 to 10 competed at the annual Borough Championships, held at the David Weir Leisure Centre. The competition was extremely high quality, exciting and created a great competitive atmosphere with superb support given to all team mates competing. Well done to the Year 7, 8, 9 & 10 teams on their achievements, you were amazing. Let’s have a look at some of the key successes this year: The Year 8 team watched Reah (8EC) win gold in the 100m and the Year 8 relay team make it through to the final. The Year 9 team saw victory in Lara (9FUA) who won gold in the 800m even in the scorching heat! The Year 10 team watched Safyre (10KW) win gold in the 100m and blow all other competitors away. The Year 10 relay team won a silver in the relay team and just missed out on the gold medal. Another great athletic performance from CHSG on a glorious summer day. Well done to all the competitors who took part! The PE Department

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World Para Athletics London 2017 After school we set off by getting on a bus to Morden station then we got the underground to Stratford station. Once we were at Stratford station we went into Westfield shopping centre where we all bought food before heading towards the Queen Elizabeth Olympic stadium. All twenty-eight of us were excited as were the teachers. On our way to the entrance there were people in pink tops and every person we walked past handed out high fives. As a group we had our picture taken with the stadium in the background. Miss Golightly was being very picky when it came to the picture as she wanted the sign of the Para Athletics in the background. Finally we had the photo taken and set off through security where they checked our bags and let us in which was very exciting. Once through the gate we chose our seats and settled down to enjoy the rest of the evening. The first competition we watched was the Men’s Triple Long Jump started around 7.00pm and they all put in so much effort and didn’t give up. The winner of the T47 Men’s Triple Jump was Tobi Fawehinmic (USA) he was so good with a distance of 14.88 SB. A few minutes later the Women’s Javelin started and there were so many great throws. From this the winner was Yuping Zhao (China) with a distance of 42.72 CR. Soon it was time the round one heat of 200m Men T13 race and Jason Smyth won that 1st heat. Many races came and around 7.30pm the women’s race for 200m was called and they were all amazing. The winner was Guohua Zhou (China). Every athlete tried their hardest to win either: Gold, Silver or Bronze. All of us were cheering every athlete on as well as the teachers. In the women’s 1500m the winner was Barbara Niewiedzial (Poland). To end the day some of us got a picture with a Spanish athlete from the Men’s Triple Long jump. Finally Miss Bevan told us we could meet her friend Laura Sugar but unfortunately she went to the wrong station and so we carried on after a busy day of fun. We headed back home and waited for our parents to collect us at Morden station. Thanks to the teachers we had a very fun day. Annika - Year 8

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Sports Day 2017 - F

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Friday 7th July 2017

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