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Carshalton High School for Girls Newsletter February 2018 Carshalton Girls’ Choir visits Eurodisney

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From the Headteacher This term has seen the usual abundance of extra trips and activities which add so much to the learning of the students. Sports, drama, dance trips and university visits have all been undertaken. We also had a group of students who took part in a mock magistrates trial and did incredibly well. Last week was Storytelling Week with a focus on encouraging students to read and enjoy books and literature. It included a visit from author Dan Smith and the week finished on Friday afternoon with everyone in school reading for 20 minutes. Our choir went to Paris at the beginning of this term and had a wonderful experience getting vocal coaching from the Disney team and over half term a lucky group of students and staff depart for the ski trip to Zell am See in Austria. We understand lots of snow awaits them! Work has continued behind the scenes regarding the Multi-Academy Trust, in the next two weeks the Headteacher Board of the Regional Commissioner meets to consider the application that has been made for CHSG to join the newly-named Girls’ Learning Trust with Nonsuch High School and Wallington Girls. I will keep parents updated on this. There has also been a great deal of discussion on possible links and future developments which is very exciting. Another exciting development this term has been the launch of our new rewards policy. We have decided to move to a system that praises the progress students make, their behaviour, attendance and the House Achievement Points they can collect for a range of positive behaviours. At Key Stage 3 students will be able to achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction level and at Key Stage 4 a Bronze, Silver or Gold award. Our first awards will be at the end of this term and Mr Rahman (Assistant Head) has written to all parents with full details. Another initiative to be launched is an internet monitoring system known as E-Safe. This is a safeguarding package that enables us to pick up any concerns regarding use of the internet. Alerts are sent to staff so that matters or inappropriate use can immediately be dealt with. Many students have been attending intervention sessions, not just for GCSE and the Sixth Form, but also as part of an on-going programme across the school and our ‘More Able’ programme. We also had a brilliant ‘Year 11 Progress Evening’ and our parents’ evenings for the Sixth Form, Year 8 and Year 7 have been extremely busy. All in all, a wonderful half term. I would like to wish everyone a good half term break.

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Collecting for Sutton Young Carers During the last Saturday before Christmas students and staff from CHSG packed ASDA shoppers shopping bags whilst raising money and awareness for Sutton Young Carers. A carer is anyone who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. Carers can be adults or children who often juggle work, school or other commitments alongside their caring roles. We have some young carers who attend school all day and then go home to care for a parent or sibling. Sutton Carers Trust is the Mayor of Sutton’s chosen charity this year so she popped into see us and gave all of the girls involved a Christmas card. https://carers.org/partner/sutton-carers-centre Our Young Enterprise team have been busy raising funds so they can start selling their product which will be a ‘Wellbeing Box’. They hope to have enough supplies to have a stand at Croydon Centrale on Saturday 3rd March. Wish them luck or why not pop along to support them. Watch this space to see where you can purchase yours. WORK EXPERIENCE Year 10: 2nd - 6th July 2018 Year 12: 9th - 13th July 2018 Students are still looking for placements can you help? Contact Mrs Greenland Careers & WRL Manager jgreenland@suttonmail.org

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The Music Department are delighted to announce another successful term in choir! Following a wonderful performance at the Winter Christmas Show in December, selected choir students attended the first ever CHSG foreign Music tour. Twenty six students from Year 7 to Year 10 arrived at Morden station at 7am, said goodbye to their parents and boarded the London Underground for London St. Pancras International Station. Having collecting their passports and tickets, the choir boarded the Eurostar train and arrived in Paris, France two hours later. After settling into the wonderful B&B Disney Hotel (just ten minutes from the park), Miss Monaghan, Mr Wells and Ms Young brought the choir to the VIP area of the Planet Hollywood restaurant. Surrounded by memorabilia and props from iconic movies, the students got their first taste of the wonderful food of France... even if it was heavily influenced by America. Friday morning began very early again, with the choir eating as many croissants as they could at the breakfast buffet. We were transported by a private coach to the Disneyland Park before it opened to the public and brought through the secret back passages and entrances into the Studio Park. We entered the studio where Disney Jr. Live is recorded, and were introduced to a professional team of sound engineers, managers and our wonderful vocal coach. The choir learned a brand new song, which is performed by Disneyland professional musicians every day to celebrate the park’s 25th anniversary. Magic Everywhere was sung with enthusiasm by our students as our vocal coach taught them how to convey the energy and wonder that exists for the audience when they sing the song professionally. The Disney team were very impressed, not only with our choir’s professional behaviour, but also their talent and skills for such a new young group of musicians. After an hour and a half of performing, the session concluded with a Q&A where the girls learned about possible careers and opportunities as a Disneyland performer, vocal coach or music technician. The choir will be performing the song they learned at the next concert for you. The rest of the trip was about using the vocal chords in a different way... screaming on scary roller coasters and squealing with delight when meeting Mickey Mouse, Minnie and other characters. The choir had free reign of the park for Friday and Saturday, which concluded with an amazing light and fireworks show around the iconic Disneyland Castle. The students even convinced the teachers to go on some of the rides, including Big Thunder Mountain and Temple of Doom, although their favourite is still the Mad Hatter's Tea Cups. The students returned home on Saturday Night, exhausted from three days of fun and eager for more music. We would love to include more students in future exciting trips, concerts and competitions. Choir is free to all students and run by a professional vocal coach from the Sutton Music Service every Monday at 3pm in the assembly hall. Choir is open to all students and there are no auditions, just come along and sing! We are hoping for new members to join us for the Summer Concert. It is never too late to learn how to sing! Miss Monaghan

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STEM Careers at the BBC Four Year 8 students had the fantastic opportunity to gain valuable career insights, learn new skills and complete STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) based challenges and activities at the BBC Broadcast Centre. Students met the BBC staff who design, create and manage apps, websites, mobile technology and the BBC iPlayer. They also met staff who use Mathematics to identify and measure changing viewing trends. They found out how Engineering plays a vital role in what we see on our screens or how an interest in Science could lead to making programmes like Blue Planet 2 and Planet Earth II. “We met Marvin, who introduced us to the BBC rooms and staff. I was the map reader. We first went to the Blue room, where I got to go on the VR head set. It was unlike anything I have been on before. We the did the other activities including coding, testing and other important activities. I received a micro:bit and a VR box! I am happy I got the opportunity to make this trip and would like to work in the BBC.” “It was really interesting as we learnt about lots of new, cool electrical devices like a VR system. I really liked programming the micro:bits and learning about designing websites and apps to appeal to the viewer. We won headsets and micro:bits!”

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Year 8 Students and GCSE Choices Students have had several opportunities to visit universities as they begin to think about making their GCSE options. They attended Goldsmiths, University of London and Kingston University which held conferences linked to Creative Arts and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Students took part in a range of workshops that provide them with the knowledge and confidence needed to make informed choices and understand progression routes into different careers. The conference also gives students the chance to experience a university setting and emphasises the importance of taking ownership of their own learning and future. “I liked the money game because it helped me understand finance more. As well as that I liked the campus tour which gave us a view of the university.” “Today was very useful. I liked the money game. The careers fair was useful too but a bit crowded. I learnt that university has loads of different subjects to study rather than one.” “We first did a progression ladder which was good as we were told the steps to get to university. We also did the money game which taught us how to use money wisely and what you can do with it. At the end we had a tour and saw different parts of the campus.” “I loved the fair it gave me great ideas about what I would like to do as my career. I really enjoyed the trip it was informative and it was great experience to be inside a university.”

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Year 7 Raising Funds for LEPRA “Thank you so much for yesterday, it was great to come back and do the celebration assembly! I do love the big cheque!! The girls did so brilliantly well with their fundraising.” These were the words of LEPRA’s Community Fundraiser Anna Ansted after our Year 7 students presented her with a giant cheque for the huge amount of £1305.29. This money was raised both through the Christmas Fayre and by students independently fundraising. 7SBA topped the Fundraising tree with a brilliant £350.73 from independent fundraising alone. Over 18 students raised more than £25 independently and were rewarded with a LEPRA Splat Highlighter. It was great to recognise that over 50 children & adults would have access to a cure for the debilitating symptoms of Leprosy. Well done Year 7! Miss Stanley https://www.lepra.org.uk/

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This half term has started with Year 8 thinking about their option choices, as subject teachers start talking to them about what GCSE courses may look like. Mr Conduit-Smith delivered an assembly outlining how the process will work, and there was a real buzz around Parents’ Evening as students and parents discussed progress and the future. During Tutor times students have been looking at the progress they have made so far in Year 8 and setting themselves targets to help them continue to make further progress. There have been lots of opportunities for Year 8 this half term. Several girls were successful in auditioning to be part of the Youth Magistrate Team and will now be working with Year 9 to prepare for the Bar Mock Trial competition. Many students have been busily working on entries for the NHS competition and small groups of students have enjoyed visits to Kingston University. Planning for ‘Take Your Daughter to Work Day’ is well underway and many students and parents took the opportunity to attend the information sessions while they were at Parents’ Evening in preparation for 26th April. Year 8 students are making excellent Progress with Pixl Edge with 18 students completing the Apprentice Level and many others very close to completing. Congratulations to Emma 8NP, Natania 8SA, Grace 8NP, Aaliyah 8SND, Jessica 8SAZ, Imaan 8NP, Emily 8NP, Amelie 8SAZ, Sammy 8SND, Adele 8SAZ, Fatima 8SND, Taiwo 8SA, Kushaf 8NP, Freya 8SA, Shahana 8NP, Semilore 8SAZ, Vasuky 8NP, Hetvi 8SAZ. https://www.pixl.org.uk/edge Year 8 have also being finding out about the new House achievement points, how they can collect bronze, silver and gold pins and how collecting these will help get them closer to Graduating with Distinction in July. Year 8, along with Year 7, have also enjoyed an exciting visit from author Dan Smith as part of Story Telling Week. Dan talked to the students and they had the opportunity to ask him questions about his new book Below Zero. Miss Holmes Ms Brice

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Step into the NHS schools competition... 8LJ have entered the NHS schools competition this half term. They have been exploring the nature of different job roles in the NHS; some of them visited The Royal Marsden hospital to interview NHS staff on camera for the project. Shannon, Danielle, Lila and Rebecca made a very informative video about their visit with details about a porter’s role and their daily duties.

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Year 9 Success Story for this half term On 1st February 9JO had the honour of being the first tutor group to deliver an assembly to the rest of the year. Here, 9JO’s form captain, Annesha, writes about how and why she felt their assembly was successful. ‘As a tutor group we made our assembly successful by choosing the correct people to work with. This means that we could be more confident with our own suggestions of ideas which would be more of a suitable topic. However, it wasn’t all very easy coming to a final decision on what our topic should be. This was because half of our class were in a disagreement on what our topic should be. Nevertheless, with two weeks of preparation, eight days of PowerPoint creating and research and a hundred and ninety two hours of disagreeing about who was going to say what - we managed (with a growth mindset) to pull together all our ideas into one assembly! To me, this is what real teamwork is and without that teamwork our assembly could never have been a success.’ 9JO did a great job of leading the first tutor group assembly which focused on how we can all achieve a healthier and more fulfilling life. It had some great tips in it from how to stay organised for school to making the most of spending time with your family. The students had clearly put a lot of thought and effort into the PowerPoint slides they created to support their presentation. We are very much looking forward to seeing the rest of the tutor groups’ assemblies as the academic year progresses! Year 10 Wellbeing Conference The Year 10 timetable was suspended Wednesday 31st January in order for all students to take part in financial education and enterprise workshops with MyBnk (http://mybnk.org/). Students throughout the day engaged in innovative, high impact and high energy workshops on topics such as saving, budgeting, public finance, pensions, budgeting and taxes. It was a pleasure to see everyone so engaged and working exceptionally hard. During Period 5 the students attended a talk given by a representative from The Teenage Cancer Trust. They learned about the different symptoms and causes of the varying types of cancer. Throughout the sensitive presentation the students behaviour was immaculate and attentive. Thank you to Miss Lagess for organising the activities and the presentations for the day. Mrs Devaney

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This has been a very busy half term for Year 11: attending intervention classes put on by various subjects, discussing their progress at the progress review evening and preparing for another round of PPEs in Maths, English and Science. The year group are also looking forward to their prom night and the prom committee has been busy with their promotion and fundraising campaign. A fantastic opportunity has been made available to the group, in the form of the National Citizen Service (http://www.ncsthechallenge.org/). Students have been signing up to this government-funded programme which will run in the summer. The aim of the scheme is to empower young people to build skills and confidence to get ahead in work and life, whilst engaging with their local area. The focus and effort of students has been impressive so far; many showing resilience and others emerging as leaders as they lead revision sessions with their friends. There is a definite buzz in the air for success and achievement within the year group! Don't forget the next important date for your dairies is the Revision Challenge Evening on Thursday 22nd March. More information on this evening will follow soon. We look forward to seeing you then. The Year 11 Team Miss Marshall Upcoming Dates 19th February Start of Term 20th/21st February Year 11 English PPE 26th/27th/28th February Year 11 Maths PPE 1st March World Book Day 6th March Twilight Inset - Students dismissed at 1.30pm 8th/9th March 9th March Year 8 Option Booklets issued 12th March World Maths Day 15th March Year 8 Options Evening/Careers Fair 22nd March Year 11 Revision Challenge Evening 23rd March Year 8 Options Forms returned Sport Relief 29th March End of term

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