November Newsletter 2017

 

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WELCOME TO THE NEW YEAR 7S Carshalton High School for Girls Newsletter November 2017

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From the Headteacher At last I am delighted to be able to circulate the newsletter. The intention was to do it just after half term, but a small matter of an Ofsted Inspection got in the way! Speaking of Ofsted, the report will be circulated as soon as it is published by Ofsted which we expect to be in the next two weeks. I would like to thank parents who went online to complete the Parent Survey and for the many, many positive comments posted. The students were fantastic and the staff worked so hard! This newsletter outlines as usual so many positive and exciting things that took place before half term. However there were two things that are most notable. The first was our fantastic 'Open Season’. Feedback from visiting prospective Year 7 students and parents for entry in 2018 was really positive and our open mornings had the highest level of attendance ever, with us having to hold four additional mornings due to demand. Feedback used the word ‘impressive’ frequently and there were many comments regarding the warmth of staff, how happy the students were and how proud students are of their school. The second thing that has kept us very busy is the consultation process linked to the possibility of the school joining the Multi-Academy Trust with Nonsuch and Wallington Girls. I am very grateful to the parents who attended the open sessions and gave feedback and the comments we have received via the Consultation email. There is still time to forward any views to consultation@chsg.org.uk. The closing date is the 27th November 2017. As we move into this half term there are many fantastic events to going on which include:  The CHSG Bake Off  Annual Dance Evening  Year 7 Christmas Fayre  ELF – the Christmas Panto  Annual Prizegiving There are other key events too such as Pre-Public Exams for our Year 11 and Sixth Form students and we will be supporting them all the way. Also last week was a very important week across the country. It was ‘Anti-Bullying Week’ with a national theme of ‘All Different, All Equal’, Our students undertook a range of activities and we will be sending out more information about those activities shortly. In line with Anti-Bullying week I thought this would be a good time to remind parents of our policies and procedures and to ask for your support in following them. The school has extremely robust systems in place to deal with such incidents, as well as extensive communication systems for students and parents to report any incidents. The school does, and will, follow matters up where they are known.

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Anti-Bullying Key Steps 1. It is essential that students report any incident that takes place in school to us as soon as possible so that it can be followed up and dealt with swiftly. If your daughter does not report it to staff at school but reports it to you, then make contact with us immediately via your daughter’s Form Tutor, Year Leader or Student Support. 2. Please monitor your daughter’s use of social media and ensure that you are fully aware of what is being posted. If any threatening messages are received on social media or through any other means of communication, then the advice of the police is to ring 101 immediately. 3. Do not attempt to make contact with any student directly who may have been unkind to your daughter or who you feel is bullying her. Instead, if it is a matter that has arisen during the school day, contact the school, or the police if it is an issue that has arisen outside of school. No approach should ever be made to another child in person or by any other means of communication. If you are in any doubt, please contact the school for guidance. Our parental and student surveys constantly tell us that students feel completely safe in the school and we are determined to ensure that continues! We are looking forward to a very busy but exciting rest of the half term.

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SHAKESPEARE SCHOOLS FESTIVAL As You Like It Each Autumn nearly 30,000 young people from primary, secondary and special schools across the country unite in the world’s largest youth drama festival. Months of preparation culminate in exhilarating performance evenings; young people playing Shakespeare in professional theatres, raising aspirations and unlocking the potential of students and teachers alike. Carshalton High School for Girls’ students will be performing an abridged version of As You Like It at The Rose Theatre in Kingston at 7pm on Monday, 20th November. The students involved are: Year 8 Rosie - 8VF, Grace - 8NP, Ria - 8VF, Emma - 8VF, Elise - 8NW, Kyra - 8SA, Lily - 8VF, Frankie - 8VF, Poomiha - 8LJ, Sammy - 8SND, Tasha - 8NW, Kitty - 8NW. Year 9 Eloise - 9EC, Layla - 9MAA, Cleo - 9EC, Suzanna - 9THS. You can book tickets on 0 2 0 8 1 7 4 0 0 9 0. We would love to see you there if you can make it. Mr Rogers Director https://www.shakespeareschools.org/the-festival https://www.rosetheatrekingston.org/

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Music Scholarship Programme This is the first year of offering a music scholarship at CHSG, and we are very pleased with how well Year 7 students Lara and Grace have started life at our school. Both students are active members of the CHSG Choir that rehearses every Monday from 3-4pm. Lara has had great success with Musical Theatre, successfully auditioning, and winning the role of Michael Hobbs in the Junior production of Elf! Grace has done particularly well in picking up new piano skills, and earning above expected progress in her latest music assessment. Also, they accompanied older Music students to the Royal Albert Hall this half term to watch a concert of Symphonic Queen. "The trip to the Royal Albert Hall was amazing! The Philharmonic Orchestra performed the songs of Queen really well and I was almost always singing along. The evening was one of my favourites!" said Grace. We look forward to hearing both Lara and Grace perform at the Christmas show. British Airways Aviation Operations Career Day Year 10 and Year 13 Travel and Tourism students attended British Airways Aviation Operations career day on Tuesday 17th October 2017. Students had the opportunity to gain an overall understanding of the different career paths in British Airways that contribute to their daily operation. The day involved a presentation from different operational areas including Cargo, Flight Operations and Cabin Crew. It also involved interactive activities and a networking session with colleagues from across the business, students had time to look at various stands showcasing careers in British Airways and careers in aviation. “The day was very productive with lots of ideas about different careers. I liked it!” “I liked the pilot game the most.” - Shagitha “I found it enjoyable and I learnt how to travel better.” - Angel

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New Year 7 Settling In Both Ms Stanley and I have been incredibly impressed with Year 7 students and the positive start they have made to their first term at Carshalton High School for Girls. The students have been polite, impeccably dressed and eager to learn. I have had the pleasure to receive many compliments from other members of staff about their conduct and maturity. It has been a busy half term to say the least. The Year 7s have had a Team Building Day and Games Morning where the skills of teamwork, communication and participation were displayed in abundance. Year 7 have also attended their Fresher’s Fair, giving them the opportunity to sign up to one of the many after school clubs on offer; ranging from the Christian Union to Handball, Creative Writing, Book Club, Science Club and many more. We have been speaking to the students in assemblies about the culture of our school, emphasising our core values of Community, Harmony, Success and Growth. I am pleased to say that all of the students have contributed to our culture already in a meaningful way. May I pass on my congratulations to the following students for winning the Summer Shoe Box Challenge and receiving their certificates in our first Year 7 assembly of the half term, Emily - 7LO, Marnie - 7LO, Lara - 7MG, Alexandra 7AAT, Louisa - 7SBA, Ania - 7MAS, Chenai - 7DJ, Imogen - 7MSS, Lily - 7MG, Mia - 7LN A final well done must also to the Year 7 Football team who recently beat Overton Grange 5-0 and to all of those representing the school in other sports and competitions. Please continue to check all of your daughter’s uniform and PE/Dance kit is named, we have had very few issues with lost property because of this, thank you. Mr James Year 7 Leader

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Year 7 Games Morning Friday 22nd September all Year 7 students participated in the Inter-House Games Morning. This event included various activities: Football, Netball, Badminton, Table Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Gymnastics and Tag Rugby. All students were asked to sign up for one sport, which meant the morning achieved maximum student participation and made for an extremely enjoyable experience. Learning rules, working together, considering teammates and opponents were all part of a fun morning. There was lots of cheering and great sportsmanship shown throughout the whole morning. This event helped further develop inter-house competition and foster collective competitive spirit amongst the Houses. The PE and Dance department would like to say congratulations to Pankhurst, the winning House, and a huge well done to all the students who participated in the Games Morning! Sports Scholarship Programme Congratulations to the following Year 7 Sports Scholarship students who have made an excellent start to the PE & Dance department: Amy - 7SBA, Shelby - 7SBA, Lily - 7MAS, Maddison - 7MAS, Emily - 7LO, Alexandra - 7LN The girls have already begun representing the school in a variety of sports and have shown great dedication to the department. A big thank you to the girls who helped out at the Year 6 Sports Scholarship assessment, you were amazing! Good luck to the girls competing at the Cross Country event. Miss Golightly

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Congratulations to the following students who were nominated for student of the month in PE & Dance for their excellent contribution in lessons. PE: Annika (Year 9) Nominated by Miss Golightly Dance: Daisy (Year 8) Nominated by Mrs Whitcomb YEAR 7 FOOTBALL There was a superb start for our Year 7 football team with 5-0 win against Overton. The team was led by the highly talented Lola (7MG) and could have gone in at half time with a much bigger margin than 1-0. However, the second half proved too much for Overton as the pressure from Carshalton Girls brought further goals with the exceptional Chloe (7SBA) dictating the play in midfield. Goals from Lola, Chenai (7DJ), Dione (7LN) and 2 from Chloe brought about a comprehensive win in a game that was also played as a cup game. The team benefited from the reassurance of Marnie (7LO) in goal and excellent performances from Emily (7LG), Amelia (7LO) and Holly (7MAS) in defence. Lois (7DJ), Dione (7LN), Summer (7SBA), Francesca (7AAT), Eireann (7MG), Jessica (7AAT) and Leilah (7DJ) were all rotated to good effect. Shelby (7SBA) offered pace up front to regularly cause the Overton defence trouble. Next up in the league will be Greenshaw on 6th November 2017.

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Sports Awards Evening 2017 At the end of last term, we celebrated our annual Sports Awards Evening which gave us a fantastic opportunity to reflect upon the many sporting successes and achievements of the previous year. This was a formal event allowing the students to hang up their (smelly!) PE kit for one night only and dress smartly. Family and friends were invited to help us celebrate in their achievements. Outstanding achievers in a variety of sports were given awards however the main highlight being all the girls who had participated in the many different clubs throughout the year. During the evening, the teams’ coaches spoke about each team’s accomplishments for the year and highlighted their high levels of dedication to both the team and Carshalton High School for Girls. A number of trophies and certificates were presented by Mrs Jones ranging from Player of the Year to Top Scorer. Sports Person of the Year was awarded to a student in each year group who had shown the upmost dedication and overall performance in a variety of sports throughout the past year. The awards went to: Danielle - Year 7, Kya - Year 8, Miriam - Year 9, Safyre - Year 10 It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening with plenty of stories of success and we look forward to another fantastic year of sport. Thank you for all your support and encouragement from the PE and Dance department.

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Learning Resource Centre News Book Club started on Thursday 2nd November. This is held in the LRC every Thursday lunch time. All students are welcome to bring their lunch and talk all things books. We will also be up-cycling old books into Christmas decorations and gifts. Accelerated Reader All Year 7 and 8 students have taken their STAR Reading tests and have been given their ZPD – the book range they should be reading. CHSG encourages all students to read for at least 25 minutes a day. Once your daughter has finished reading her book she needs to take the Accelerated Reader Quiz, this must be done on a school computer during the day. You can access your daughter’s Accelerated Reader results and information on books she has read here https://ukhosted57.renlearn.co.uk/1893447/HomeConnect/ using her login. Rewards are given to students who:  Read a million words, #wordmillionaire  Get over 85% in AR Quizzes Rewards range from achievement points to front of the queue canteen passes, trips and #wordmillionaire tote bags. If you have any questions regarding Accelerated Reader please contact me or your daughter’s English Teacher. Mrs Young LRC Manager books have been borrowed from the LRC this half term. We have started writing a story, collaboratively in Year 12 and Year 13 Spanish. Each week a student adds 100-200 words to the story. We don't know where it will take us... The first paragraphs have been written already and so far it all seems to be quite spooky. The stories can be seen at these websites Year 12: http://mflatchsg.pbworks.com/w/page/121107510/Espa%C3%B1ol%20A%C3%B1o%2012 Year 13: http://mflatchsg.pbworks.com/w/page/121107555/Espa%C3%B1ol%20A%C3%B1o%2013 Mr J Castro Curriculum Leader MFL

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Literacy at Carshalton High School for Girls At CHSG, the 5-a-day literacy strategy provides a cohesive framework which draws together the diverse range of activities across the school that develop students’ language skills. The five core areas are reading, writing, speaking, listening and vocabulary. Literacy logos depicting the core areas are embedded into PowerPoint presentations, worksheets and displayed in all classrooms. Teachers make regular reference to them to embed literacy skills across all areas of the curriculum. Literacy skills, as they relate to each subject, are taught explicitly and rigorously as an integral part of all curriculum areas. In conjunction with the CHSG British Values ‘Thought for the Week’, ‘Word for the Week’ encourages students to consider vocabulary that supports the school’s values of Community, Harmony, Success and Growth. Accelerated Reader is used by Year 7 and 8 to promote reading that is both enjoyable and challenging. Assessing their reading allows students to take ownership of their own learning and they can monitor their own progress on a regular basis. A number of students at CHSG are members of the Bookworm Club where they read regularly with their English teacher and are paired with a Year 10 mentor. The club’s aim is to build confidence and progression in Literacy. Year 7 students have reviewed the Bookworm Club as being extremely valuable in making reading a part of their daily routine. All teachers display a ‘Currently reading...’ poster on their doors.

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Numeracy at Carshalton High School for Girls At CHSG Numeracy we use the 5-a-Day logos to support teaching of the key areas of Numeracy across all subjects. These logos are displayed in all classrooms to remind staff and students of the need to make connections between their subject and the key Numeracy areas of: Calculation Proportion and Ratio Weights and Measures Data Percentages We ask staff to make reference to these areas when and if they appear in their lesson to help students to see the relevance and importance of Numeracy across the curriculum. Numeracy Leaders: Each tutor group in KS3 has a Numeracy Leader and Deputy who help to run the Numeracy Ninja programme (outlined below). They will meet with Mrs Foley to check in on how these sessions are running and to give names of students who are improved or continually achieving high scores in these sessions. Tutor Time Activities: In Year 7 and 8 students take part in the Numeracy Ninja programme, where they complete a set of mental maths questions during their Numeracy allocated session in tutor groups, and our Numeracy Leaders in each tutor group record results and run the session for the class. Students will get rewards for improvement and for high achievement (consistent Black or Brown ‘belts’) In Key Stage 4 we have a more GCSE focussed approach with tutor groups being given specific Maths based work to complete in Numeracy allocated tutor sessions. www.numeracyninjas.org

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NCOP Outdoor Activity trip to Blacklands Farm Monday 9th October As part of the Sutton National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) hub ,we were successful in winning an additional set of funds to allow all students in the Sutton NCOP hub (with Carshalton Boys Sports College and Greenshaw School) to take part in an outdoor activity trip. Students learnt how to work as a team, problem solving and communication skills as well as bushcraft skills, like building a fire. There were ups and downs, literally up trees and down an abseiling tower. EVERYBODY TRIED EVERYTHING. Well done to all involved.

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Sixth Form Open Evening Sixth Form Open Evening took place on the 3rd November. We had a fantastic turn out from prospective students already studying at Carshalton High School for Girls and from surrounding schools. We take great pride in our Sixth Form and the evening was a real success. This year we have 33 subjects on offer to study at Post 16. Feedback from those that attended was very positive and departments continued to promote their subjects in a variety of ways. We are immensely proud that recent government data puts us as the leading non selective school in the borough for Sixth Form progress. With almost 50% of our Year 13 grades in 2017 being A* - B, 79% A* - C and a 98% pass rate it is clear that it is not only progress that students make but also that they achieve the top grades. Applications for the Sixth Form are due in on the 13th November 2017. They should be handed to Mrs Pye in the main office. 24th November 29th November 30th November 11th December 12th December 13th December 14th December 15th December 3rd January Upcoming Dates Skills London Dance Evening/One Night Only Year 11/13 Pre-Public Exams begin Twilight Inset, students leave at 1.30pm End of PPEs Sixth Form Christmas show Prize Giving Year 7 Christmas Fayre Christmas Lunch School Panto/Elf End of Term Start of Term

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