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Carshalton High School for Girls Newsletter March 2018

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From the Headteacher A key focus for the term has been the completion of the process to join the Multi-Academy Trust (MAT). I think it is fair to say that there have been challenges along the way with the legal processes that needed to be completed. However I am delighted to say that everything has now been done and we officially joined on 1st April 2018. This is a really exciting opportunity for the school. The Girls’ Learning Trust is the only Multi-Academy Trust in the country that brings together girls’ schools, and we will be aiming to work with the other schools in the Trust to develop practice that will bring real benefits to all our students. Full details are available on the school web site under the school tab. Work has continued as normal with a vast array of activities and hard work in lessons. With a real focus on making sure Years 13 and 11 are fully prepared for their exams, intensive work and revision sessions have been held for these students and on 22nd March there was a highly successful Revision Challenge Evening held for Year 11 students. There is also a full revision programme for Year 11 being held during the Easter holidays. This term has also been the first of our new rewards system and we are looking forward to presenting students with their rewards for their achievements after Easter. As is often the case at the end of a term we sadly say goodbye to staff. Firstly, Mr Keane, our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator will be leaving us and moving to another local school. Mr Keane has been a totally committed and loyal member of staff during the 8 years he has been with us at CHSG. He has worked very closely with a high number of students, ensuring their additional needs are met. Mr Keane has also contributed to the wider life of the school by introducing football for the girls, running several teams each academic year. We thank Mr Keane for the significant contribution he has made to the school and wish him all the very best in his new post. We also say goodbye to Ms Fifield, teacher of Science. We thank Ms Fifield for her work during the past 2 years and wish her well in the future. Mr Taheri, who has been with us for two terms on a temporary contract is also leaving. We thank him too for all his hard work. We have said a temporary goodbye to Mrs Norman (teacher of Geography) and Mrs Jones (teacher of Media and English) who are on maternity leave. We return on Monday 16th April at the normal registration time of 8.35am. This is a change from the time originally published; the change being made to make up some of the time lost due to the forced closures for snow.

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Year 10 More Able Sixth Form Coffee Morning On Thursday 15th March our Year 10 More Able students were treated to a morning of coffee and croissants to find out more about Sixth Form at CHSG. Students heard talks from Mrs Davis and Ms Bevan on what Sixth Form was like and the study options available to students. Students left with a full tummy and some useful tips on the next stage of their education. Looking for something to read? The Carnegie Shortlist has been announced, why not try one or more of them? The LRC holds a minimum of six copies of each shortlisted book. Be part of the Carnegie Book Club held in the LRC Thursday lunch times, you do not need to read all of the books to get involved. You can also follow our weekly progress at: www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/ grouphomepages/index.php? GroupID=11

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Tea with the Mayor On Saturday 16th December 2017, after school had broken up for the Christmas holidays, a group of CHSG Book Club students volunteered to pack shopping bags for customers at Asda, Sutton . This was to raise funds and awareness for Sutton Young Carers. The students raised the grand total of £750 in the short time they were there and gave information and guidance to members of the public about being a carer. Sutton Young Carers was the Mayor of Sutton’s charity of the year so as a thank you these students were invited to tea with Councillor Jean Crossby, the Mayor of Sutton, in the Mayor's Parlour. They enjoyed tea and cake and pleasant chat and were awarded with special Mayors Award pin badges. I would like to thank these students once again for giving up their own time so close to Christmas. This was a wonderful gesture and totally embodies the school ethos Community, Harmony, Success and Growth. Mrs Young

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HOUSE NEWS HOUSE NEWS HOUSE NEWS HOUSE NEWS What a fun-filled term for the house team. We have seen the introduction of Ms Johnson as Head of Roddick house and the re-introduction of Ms Ishola as head of Rowling House…and very well timed it was too! This term has seen two events being held, one of which was amongst the biggest of the year. The first event was the staff vs student bench ball. A simple game where one team scores against the other by getting more team members on the bench than the other. I think it was fair to say that the teachers were feeling fairly confident at beating students at a game where height would be key to success, and then arrived the students, all 40 of them. As you can imagine this changed things a little, so we split the game in 3 parts: teachers vs Years 7 & 8, Year 9 & 10 and lastly against Year 11. Obviously, the dynamics of ten members of staff preparing to undertake the challenge were altered…but we were up for the challenge. As the Year 7 & 8s took to the court the teachers were brimming with confidence, the ball flying high, literally over the students’ heads, and onto the bench where the teachers ran out deserved winners. As the Year 9 & 10s took to the court the teachers were clearly flagging, exhausted from the minor workout against the youngest year groups. This was a different ball game completely with high intensity and a passion to win. The well fought battle ended with the students beating the teachers taking the win-tally to level pegging. It all came down to the last game. A fiery confrontation with students desperate to prove their sporting prowess against the beleaguered staff team. The students surrounded the teachers’ bench preventing the chance of a staff win until a breakthrough came. The staff managed to draw out a win against the Year 11s to become overall winners once again. The final event was our celebration for Sports Relief. It started with a mufti day collection on the gate with a number of students and teachers arriving in their favourite sporting tops. The celebration then continued at lunchtime with a silly sports day in the hall. All students had the opportunity to earn house points by partaking in 5 events; shoot the hoop, beat the goalie, ball in a bucket, bean bag on a target and the classic egg and spoon race. A delightful afternoon of joy and relaxation. This event was also supported by a step challenge where the houses were asked to totup their total step counts for the week. A big well done to everyone who counted their steps making a whopping 2,020,456 steps for the week. And an even bigger well done to all who contributed on the day as we managed to raise a total of £1,032!

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That just leaves us with the house point update which is a follows; Holmes 4,331 Rowling 3,478 Pankhurst 3,371 Roddick 3,285 Finally, a big well done to all who have participated in the house events. Next term will see another staff vs student event and the glorious sports day. So, get your sweat bands and running shoes on over Easter and get ready! Have a good one. The House Team Year 7 Football A very successful season for our Year 7 football team. Semi-finalist in both the Sutton Cup and the AFC Wimbledon 6-a-side competition held at Tooting and Mitcham. The league is soon to be completed and we are in a good position to finish in third place with only Cheam and Greenshaw ahead of us. The team has been a real credit to the school playing all their games in a good spirit and with excellent sportsmanship. The team is currently on a four game unbeaten run, with wins over The Beacon, St Philomena’s, Stanley Park and a respectable draw against Nonsuch. Well done to the following students who have represented the school in the Year 7 team. Lola Shelby Dione Lois 7MG 7SBA 7LN 7DJ Holly Millie Emily Chloe 7MAS 7LO 7LO 7SBA Jessica Amy Marnie Jessica 7AAT 7SBA 7LO 7HEO

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Wellbeing and Personal Development At CHSG we take pride in supporting our students’ social, emotional and spiritual needs. A key focus for us is to further develop our students’ sense of wellbeing and personal development. In light of this, I would like to introduce myself as Wellbeing and Personal Development Co-ordinator. This role is designed to promote and encourage wellbeing within the school on an individual basis and as a community. One way we are promoting all the fantastic work that is done around the school to build a sense of wellbeing, is through the use of Instagram. There is an account that highlights what is happening on a weekly basis around the school as well as posts to encourage and improve both physical and emotional health. I would really love it if parents/carers followed too and supported the work that students and staff are doing. You can find the account @CHSG_wellbeing and on the school’s main account @carshaltonhighschoolforgirls. As well as promoting wellbeing through social media, we have a dedicated team of Sixth Form Wellbeing Ambassadors who help and implement events and activities around the school. They were vital in helping deliver the tutor time and lunchtime activities during Mental Health Week. The theme this year was #beingourselves and students were encouraged to think about positive labels they can attach to themselves. These labels then made up a display in the wellbeing room. Students had the opportunity to take some time out at lunchtimes and take part in some mindfulness colouring. The wellbeing room has created a space where students can come and reflect. I’m pleased to announce that after Easter we will be introducing ‘Chillout Tuesdays’ where students can come on a Tuesday lunchtime and take part in some relaxation techniques and get a little bit of headspace. Students across all year groups have also had a number of assemblies on different aspects of wellbeing. The theme this term has been to ‘take notice’. The assemblies have therefore looked at how to focus on how to process how you are feeling. This awareness can start to help young people deal more effectively with fluctuating emotions. One useful resource is the app My Mood Tracker (Free, iOS). My Mood tracker keeps track of you feel and helps you to notice that sad moods do pass, and potentially helps us link our mood to things we do, places we go and people we talk to. We want our students to feel empowered and to have the capacity to live a full, productive life as well as have the flexibility and resilience to deal with its ups and downs. It is especially about the capacity to learn, enjoy friendships, to meet challenges, to develop talents and capabilities. Hopefully the development of this role can ensure we are continuing to address the needs of all our students. I am also keen to have feedback from parents as to what you think would benefit your child. If you have any suggestions then please email me at jlowe12@suttonmail.org. For now, I wish you a very Happy Easter. Miss Lowe

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PE Trip to Loughborough Sports University On the 20th of February the PE department chose a selection of girls to take to Loughborough Sports University. “We woke up early that morning knowing that we had a long journey ahead of us. Once we had arrived a student ambassador from the University took us on a tour around the site. It was so much fun, they had all of the sports facilities you could possibly think of: cricket grounds with grass that grew automatically and swimming pools in which the floors sank to make the pool deeper. When the ambassador had shown us around the whole site we had lunch and started three new activities: making our own sports drinks, circuit training and a game of dodge ball. All of the activities were really exciting, did you know that there are 27 spoons of sugar in Lucozade? Everyone who went on the trip really enjoyed the visit and I am interested in going there in the future.” Danielle 8LJ “This trip was an amazing opportunity to have a look around a university I would love to go to. We had a tour of all the sports facilities and also all the student communities. While we were there, we also talked about the nutrients in food and made our own Lucozade! We had the chance to test out our fitness using advanced technology that we wouldn’t get to use otherwise. Also, we played dodge ball in their massive sports hall with some of the students that study there. Overall it was an amazing trip for us all and an incredible opportunity.” Lily 7HEO

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COUNT ON US SECONDARY CHALLENGE On Thursday 26th April the 'Count on Us Secondary Challenge' regional heats will take place at Hammersmith Academy, London. The Count on Us Secondary Challenge is a pan-London maths tournament for Year 8 and 9 students delivered in partnership with the Jack Petchey Foundation. By combining a series of mental arithmetic and problem solving tasks, the Secondary Challenge helps students become confident mathematicians, developing mathematical fluency and improving problem solving skills. The winners of our school round will represent the school at this event: Zahida 9DAR, Sunena 9JO, Rebecca 8JL, Sharaneega 8SAZ and Abilashini 8SAZ. We would like to congratulate these students on achieving the highest scores in the school round of the Count on Us Secondary Challenge in March. As a result of this they have gained a place in the regional heats. We wish them all the best of luck in the regional finals after Easter.

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CHSG Careers Fair 2018 It gets bigger and better every year, over 70 employers attended from a wide range of sectors. The different sectors were arranged in zones around the canteen ranging from training providers, engineers, science, healthcare, uniformed services, creatives, recruitment and others. The others section included charities, insurance, teachers, vets, professional services and financial advisors. The representatives were made up of parents, former students, work experience contacts and business leaders. One commented: “As a mum to a daughter in Year 4 the event was of personal as well as professional interest to me. The girls I met were a real credit to the school without exception. They were all polite, enthusiastic and engaged and I was asked some intelligent questions about a career that many of them had never heard of before. In fact the conversations were varied, from a 12 year old girl who is considering being a primary school teacher to a sixth former (I think) who has not only decided that she wanted to be a Doctor but has already mapped out that she wants to specialize in Gynaecology and work in developing countries where she can be of more help - what focus and determination. The pupil who made the chocolate brownies also deserves an A* in Food Tech, they were so delicious I was tempted to see if I could take some home with me. We would happily attend another event when you hold it.” Sam Student comments included: “I thought I wanted to be a doctor but I could be an engineer or even work in insurance.” Look out for next year’s date to be confirmed.

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"The sun will come out...tomorrow!" was enthusiastically chanted all around the school as the Beast from the East invaded our annual musical production. The cast and crew of Annie have worked tirelessly since September, literally through hail, wind, rain and snow! It was with relief from staff and students when the snow finally melted away and our hardworking musical theatre group could finally take to the stage. The assembly hall stage was transformed into New York City, 1933, where a plucky young orphan, Annie (Amy H Y9) and her friends sang about the Hard Knock Life. If being an orphan wasn't hard enough, the presence of the resplendent but dishevelled Ms Hannigan (played by Freya W Y10) was enough to have the orphans ready to pop like the confetti cannons backstage! Luckily Mr Warbucks (Denise O Y9) and his assistant Grace F (Alice B Y10) were on hand to rescue them from Hannigan and her cronies Rooster (Imani B Y10) and Lily (Cristine D Y9). No performance could be complete without an appearance of Sandy the dog, mastered by the very talented Anzelika G Y10, who once again stole the show.

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The Musical Production is always a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone involved, but this year felt particularly special. There was such friendship and support between students all the way through from Year 7 to Year 10, who have made lasting friendships and memories that will never be forgotten. Ms Monaghan, Mr Wells and Ms Johnson are so proud of our students’ exemplary behaviour, kindness and diligence. Their love for the performing arts is evident, and will no doubt have a tremendous impact on both their academic grades and personal wellbeing. We thoroughly encourage all students to get involved in next year's production! Miss Monaghan

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Accenture STEM* 2018 On Thursday 15th March 2018 twenty Year 9 students attended the Accenture STEM day at The Crystal on Royal Victoria Dock in East London. Students said: “It was very exciting and gave me ideas on having a job involving STEM. One of the reasons why was because of the panel session at the end where five ladies talked about how men thought women were inferior in Science. We aren’t! They also showed slides that showed them travelling the world, meeting new people, doing Science, which sounds extremely exciting.” “We coded a cover for National Geographic which I really enjoyed. Then we did a treasure hunt and got to play with all the interactive interviews. It was fun and I especially enjoyed preventing fire. We designed an idea to reduce food waste.” “I really enjoyed the day. It was very inspiring and interesting. The activities were challenging so they stretched my abilities.” “It was very nice. The lady, Jasmin, who was working with our team was very helpful and fun. I got to try on an astronaut suit and, with my team, I made up a great idea on how to stop waste, using technology.” * Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Resource Vault - Childrens Society https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/mental-health-advice-for-children-and-young-people/ the-advice-resource-vault?mc_cid=766a3c4451&mc_eid=1a5cbd29b8 If you need advice or help with any aspects of teenage life the Children's Society has a very good resource on the web page listed above.

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Netball PGL trip On Friday 23rd February, 24 keen Netballers travelled down to Swindon and met our PGL team leader Paige. The day we got there the girls were very keen to get outside and practice our netball for the matches we were going to face. In the evening after dinner we took part in a Netball competition to prepare us for the following day ahead. On Saturday morning all three netball teams had four tough matches against schools from all over the country. They were umpired by England Netball members, so the standard of games was very high. We had a number of successful matches throughout the morning, especially the Year 7 team who won all four matches. Everyone was cheering and celebrating each other’s success. In the afternoon, we took part in a number of activities like the giant swing, abseiling, zip wire, archery and many others. We had so much fun, making great memories to last forever. Even though the weather was quite chilly we had a great experience. After a great, full, packed day, after we had our evening meal we had our final activity of the day playing ambush in the woods at night time. We had a bright and early start on the Sunday with two final matches for each team. Again, we had another morning of success with the Year 7 team making it through to the semi-finals. This was a nervous but exciting time. The Year 7 team won their semi-final and were now ready to take on the challenge of the final. The Year 7 team won the final and we remained undefeated! The success did not stop there…….the Year 7 team also won the umpire’s award for excellent fair play and respect shown throughout the tournament. A huge congratulations to the following girls: Year 7 team: Jessica (HEO), Grace (LO), Daisy (7MSS),Mariella (7AAT) Keira (MG), Alexandra (LBN), Keeley (AT), Lily (HEO) Year 8 team: Danielle (LJ), Rebecca (LJ), Adele (SAZ), Amelie (8SAZ) Katie (SAZ), Alex (LJ), Jess (NW), Daisy (LJ) Year 9 team: Kya (BG), Amy (MAA), Sophia (MAA), Annika (MAA), Reah (EC) Delecia (EC), Lauren (JO), Shakira (DAR) A huge well done ladies you played some excellent netball! A huge thank you and well done to all the students who attended the Netball trip, for making CHSG very proud and making our weekend so enjoyable! Miss Golightly, Miss Johnson and Mrs Chamberlain

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