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Carshalton High School for Girls Newsletter May 2018 ALL HAIL THE SNAIL THERE’S ALL CREATURES SMALL AND CREEPY WHEN ZOOLAB VISIT YEAR 7

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From the Headteacher This has been a half term that has been very focused on exam preparation. Year 11 have just begun their public examinations and Year 13 begin just after half term. The remainder of the school also have end of Year exams, with Year 9 undertaking theirs this week, Years 7, 8 and 12 just after half term and Year 10 start Wednesday 20th June. A number of things have been going on to support students both inside and outside of lessons. Information has been sent out to parents, and assemblies and tutor time programmes have been taking place around study skills and organisation of revision. There has also been a great deal of work on wellbeing and how best students can prepare themselves physically and mentally for the stress that exams can bring with them. Eating, sleeping and exercise are all key elements to support students’ mental and physical wellbeing. Parents are asked to ensure that their daughters are revising and preparing for the exams, but also to give support to get the balance right between work and relaxation. I would like to thank staff who have been working hard and giving up endless time before and after school to undertake additional sessions with students. We wish all our students the very best as they go into this very important time. This term also saw the introduction of our new rewards system. Celebration assemblies were held for Years 7 to 10 where the new awards were presented. Vast numbers of students met the criteria and it is wonderful to see so many proudly wearing their new badges. The criteria have deliberately been selected so that all students have the chance to reach the highest level of award and I look forward to many students achieving the awards at the end of the summer term. Many extra-curricular events have also taken place this half term, some of which are shown in this newsletter and are shown as news items on our website. It was very nice to round off a busy half term of activities with a picnic last Friday to celebrate British Values and the Royal Wedding; the weather could not have been better. Within the Girls’ Learning Trust, there have been a number of meetings to begin to make plans for the future. A key element is looking at opportunities for sharing and as a start, cross-trust senior leader groups have been set up to meet after half term. Further discussions are also taking place for a Trust Inset day next February to plan how we can begin to bring students together from all our schools. It may be a busy half term for many working towards exams, but I would like to wish all students and parents an excellent half term break. A reminder that school finishes at normal time on Friday 25th May and begins at normal time on Monday 4th June.

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CHSG Celebrates the Royal Wedding! To honour one of our British Institutions students from CHSG took part in a range of pre-wedding activities. Throughout the week students made bunting and decorated the Union Jack flag to wave and decorate their surroundings when watching the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. Students earned themselves House Achievement Points and prizes by entering a number of competitions such as designing a wedding dress for Meghan with the closest design winning; we had some wonderful entries with the prize going to Caitlin Paul from 8NW. Students could design a wedding plate, write a poem for the married couple or bake a cake for the ‘Royal Wedding Cake Bake-Off’, where we had an array of delicious and beautifully presented cakes. Year 7 and Year 8 bakers excelled themselves with some amazing cakes and created tough competition for all but the first place winner was Gabriella from 7MG. Well done to all CHSG bakers! Harry and Meghan used their wedding to promote various charities and asked wedding guests to make charitable donations instead of giving a wedding gift. With this theme in mind CHSG Citizenship students could take part in a competition where they would write a speech to the happy couple persuading them to add their chosen charity to the royal list. It was wonderful to read what our impassioned and persuasive students came up with. Finally the students were invited to picnic with their friends and we saw many students bring in blankets and sit in groups sharing out picnic food surrounded by bunting and Harry and Meghan masks. There was a joyful and celebratory atmosphere amongst all! Thank you to everyone who got involved and helped out with these events. Mrs Durrett

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Year 7 Meet Some Other Wild Life In May a company called ZooLab visited Carshalton High School for Girls to introduce the Year 7s to a variety of creatures. The brave students got to hold, stroke and touch a variety of animals including an albino giant snail, a cockroach, a millipede, a hermit crab, a gecko and a rat. Every year ZooLab visits the school to give students the hands on experience of seeing and holding different animals while they explain about their different habitats and lifestyles. It’s always a memorable day that inspires the students and helps inform them about the diversity of life and the world of science.

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The Music Department were delighted to host the CHSG Summer Music Concert on 10th May 2018 in our assembly hall. Parents, teachers, governors, students and guests enjoyed an evening full of our most musical students who participated enthusiastically, with the theme of Support, Friendship and Togetherness to celebrate Wellbeing Week. The Choir who have been directed by Ms Clare Glover stole the show, and brought both smiles to faces and tears to eyes with their fabulous repertoire. They began the concert with some traditional African songs and a polyphonic round of "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody". The second act displayed their wonderful harmonies with "Something Inside So Strong" and "On Top of the World". Their final song "See You Again" was very impressive with a particular mention to the soloists, Melissa S (Y9), Jana A (Y7) and Alice B (Y10). The Year 9 and 10 GCSE Music class performances showed off the hard work the students had been doing in their lesson time, performing "Zombie" by the Cranberries, and "Lean On Me" by Bill Withers with accompaniment from Sue Y (Y10) and Miriam M (Y10) on piano and drums respectively. We were also very proud of our two scholarship students, Grace B and Lara H in Y7 who showcased their piano and clarinet grade pieces. The newly reformed CHSG Orchestra now boasts an instrument from every family: brass, percussion, woodwind and strings. Their hard work practising every Tuesday paid off with excellent performances of "Hedwig's Theme", "Imagine" and "Hungarian Dance No. 5". After a lengthy but enjoyable evening of group solos, the entire body of students took to the stage once more for our now famous, sing-a-long finale of "Magic Everywhere" which some of the choir learned on their trip to Disneyland Paris this year. A huge congratulations to all our performers and talented musicians! Miss Monaghan

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Everyone Central was our company name and our product was seasonal mugs. The Company of the Year Awards was the ideal opportunity to showcase our talents and celebrate our company’s journey so far. We joined Young Enterprise 3 months later than everyone else, and it really was an uphill journey but our enthusiasm kept us going. Fundraising to create our product included cake and sweet sales as well as a Glo stick party and Talent show. Deciding on a product and making it work was hard but we learnt lots of key skills along the way, communication, team work, persistence, and determination. We were judged on our product, trade stand, company report, interview, and presentation. We even had the opportunity to meet 3 different Mayors as well the judges who were volunteer business leaders from a wide range of industries. Unfortunately we didn’t win an award but we did get a special mention as the ‘nicest team’. We would love to do it again as we have learnt so much and know we could do so much better. Unfortunately students can only enter Young Enterprise once, so students in Year 11 going into Year 12 or Year 12 students going into Year 13, you can still give it ago. But only if we secure a Business Adviser who is willing and able to commit the time needed. Unfortunately our Business Adviser wasn’t able to commit to regular meeting because of work commitments but we kept going. If you would be interested in helping and for more information please contact Mrs Greenland at jgreenland@suttonmail.org.

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Share your skills and experience with young people by mentoring a student company in Young Enterprise’s Company Programme! The Young Enterprise (YE) Company Programme allows students aged 15 to 19 to form their own company and take on Director roles, before designing, marketing and selling their own product or service. Registered as a branch of YE and insured for public sales, the businesses sell shares to raise capital, are equipped with an HSBC Business account, and have sales opportunities at markets across London. Any profits are the company’s to keep. In the spring, companies compete at Borough and Area level, with the possibility of continuing to the London, UK and European finals during the summer. The programme runs for an academic year, with the Company usually meeting on a weekly basis (term-time only; amounts to 12-18 meetings over the year). YE aim to assign all student companies a ‘Business Adviser’ - a volunteer prepared to guide their students through running their business - and this is where you come in! YE offer full training and an enhanced DBS background check, before matching you to a school/company whose geography and weekly meetings match your needs as much as possible. Your role would be to: Work with a group of students  Help them to develop and run a successful company, treading the line between leading the students through the experience and enabling them to run things for themselves.  In the early days you will need to take a positive lead – then step back to being a mentor and facilitator. Be a motivator  Encourage students throughout the process  On occasion (often after the first couple of months) students may lack morale and motivation. You will need to help lift their heads and keep on keeping on. Advise and raise awareness of skills  Act as a consultant (guide, help and suggest) – try not to direct or lecture them – remember the principle of “Learning by Doing”  Clearly any specialism within business is a welcome bonus; colleagues/friends can also be roped in for one-offs on subjects you feel they could offer particular insight to…  That said, business expertise is not essential: our volunteers come from all backgrounds.  Awareness of core employability skills is important – e.g. initiative, teamwork, resilience – to provide a framework and wider context for the students’ progress and development. Represent YE within the Company and school  Maintain contact with the YE contact teacher (‘Centre Lead’) to arrange dates of meetings  Encourage completion of student pre- and post-evaluation  Encourage engagement with wider YE-provided activities (trade fairs; competitions)  Ensure compliance with programme rules and regulations As a ‘full-time’ Business Adviser, we do ask for a minimum of one hour at the school every week or every 2 weeks (term-time only) – more than this is of course welcomed. If such a commitment is problematic, and if the school is amenable, the company could be welcomed on occasion/s to your own place of work – giving them an excellent experience of meeting in a true professional environment By becoming a Business Adviser, you will make a real difference to the lives of young people, and you may even learn new things and develop some new skills in yourself too! Thank you. For more information: https://www.young-enterprise.org.uk/ye-company-programme-info/ Have a look at the Company Programme in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rfG4H_l4WY

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Mr Rogers and Mr Wells took a group of fantastic Year 8 and Year 10 students on May 11th to perform at Leatherhead Drama Festival. Year 8 performed A Midsummer Night's Dream by a promising young talent called William Shakespeare and Year 10 performed Streuth by Michael Green. The audience laughed in the right places and a good time was had by all!

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Women in Engineering Day at A group of Year 9 students were invited to Subsea 7 in Sutton for Women in Engineering Day. Subsea 7 are a seabed-to-surface engineering, construction and services contractor to the offshore energy industry. During the day the students had various presentations and got to explore the state of the art offices including the eco-friendly roof. A good time was had by all and may inspire a future generation of engineers.

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Netball Round up 2017/18 Year 7 Sadly, the Netball season is now over but I am delighted to announce that the Year 7 Netball Team finished fifth in the Borough League. This is a great result and all the players are enthusiastic to take on the league next year and to improve in the rankings..... watch this space! The end of season tournament took place at Overton. The team had to play a number of matches which were 5 minutes one way. Once again, as the tournament went on, the team’s confidence and team work improved and some excellent netball was played. The girls finished seventh overall in the tournament. A huge well done to the following girls: Lily HEO, Jessica HEO, Mariella AAT, Keira MG, Amore SBA, Grace LO, Deon DJ, Alexandra LBN, Sharon MG, Celine SBA, Daisy SBA, Holly HEO and Keeley AAT. It has been a total pleasure to work with the Year 7 Netball Team and to see them develop and grow into confident players and really start working as a team. Their play has improved over the year and I am very much looking forward to working with them next year. Year 8 I am delighted to announce that the Year 8 Netball Team finished fourth in the Borough League. The girls have shown great dedication this season. The end of season tournament took place at Overton. The team had to play a number of matches which were 5 minutes one way. The girls finished fourth overall in the tournament and it was a great way to end our season. A huge well done to the following girls: Danielle 8LJ, Mishona 8VF, Adele 8SAZ, Rebecca 8LJ, Alex 8LJ, Elly 8NW, Katie 8SAZ, Daisy 8LJ, Jessica 8NW, Kehinde 8SAZ and Tawio 8SA Well done ladies……..roll on next season!

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Year 9 I am delighted to announce that the Year 9 Netball Team finished third in the Borough League. The girls have shown great dedication this season. The end of season tournament took place at Overton. The team had to play a number of matches which were 5 minutes one way. The girls finished second overall in the tournament and it was a great way to end our season. The girls played some excellent netball this year and have really gelled as a team. A huge well done to the following girls: Kya 9BG, Delecia 9EC, Reah 9EC, Sophia 9EC, Annika 9MAA, Amy 9MAA, Shakira 9DAR, Lauren 9JO and Taliyah 9THS Year 10 The Netball season is now over after an exciting season. I am pleased that the Year 10 Netball Team finished third in the Borough League. This is a great result and all the players involved throughout the whole year have been brilliant. The whole team has shown great dedication and enthusiasm throughout the season and they have also grown in strength as a team. A huge well done to the following girls: Miriam 10ANL, Abby 10KJ, Lara 10ANL, Courtney 10ANL, Amy 9JOH, Hannah 10KJ, Lesley 10KJ and Shardae 1OJCR, Kayla 10JCR and Claudia 10TT. It has been a huge pleasure to work with the girls from Years 7- 10 and to see them develop and grow into strong, confident team. Congratulations on all your success over the years and thank you for your dedication. Miss Golightly Well done to all the Netball teams this season and thank you for your great dedication. Miss Golightly and Miss Johnson

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This term has been a busy one; a large percentage of the year group went to work for the day with a family member or friend for Take Your Daughter To Work Day. Students really enjoyed this experience and it gave them some food for thought about the world of work. Those who stayed in school met with some local employers in the afternoon to find out about different careers available locally. Students will have to opportunity in Year 10 to develop this understanding further during a full week of work experience. We have celebrated student achievement following the launch of our new rewards programme. Students were awarded Distinction, Merit or Pass awards based on, progress in lessons, house achievement points and attendance. Congratulations to everyone who is now proudly wearing their star on their blazer. Year 8s are busy working towards their end of the year Graduation and a major step in graduating will be doing well in the Year 8 exams. These will take place directly after the May half term. Students have had assemblies on preparation and revision and on ensuring they maintain their wellbeing during what can be a very stressful time. Students have received revision booklets during tutor time and many a Year 8 can be found busily making revision cards during this time. We are aware as a school and a year team that social media is having more and more of an impact on young people, so as a year team we have tried to raise awareness of how to stay safe online, looking at what is safe to share and how to keep our security settings up to date to ensure we are not sharing information and photos with people we do not want to see them. Support around this can be found on the CEOP website which also has some handy hints for parents. www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/ In the lead up to the Royal wedding tutor time had a focus on celebrating our British Values and coming together as a community to celebrate with the happy couple. Students had the opportunity to join in a bake off style wedding cake competition, design a wedding dress or write a poem or song, as always Year 8 took up the challenge and got creative. The Year 8 Team

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It is with great pleasure that we can announce, our Head of Year Ms Kelly Smith has given birth to a healthy baby girl! The entire Year 9 team of staff and students wish her all the very best! Year 9s have begun delivering their tutor group assemblies this term. They have been focusing on a variety of very relevant themes such as: 9MAA – The importance of happiness. 9BG – The issues surrounding fake news. 9DR – Life choices and the consequences. 9NCR – Challenging the perceptions of beauty 9THS – Different cultures including food and fashion. 9JO – How to live a healthy lifestyle including exercise, working hard at school, friendships and motivation. During the last week of half term Year 9 will all be completing their end of year exams, in all subjects. Whilst we recognise it is quite a stressful time for them, it is also a good opportunity for the girls to gain experience in what it will be like when completing their GCSE examinations, as for some subjects, this begins next year. As a school, we have focused on teaching the students how to revise effectively. They have all been provided with a revision guide that they have been encouraged to use to plan and construct a revision timetable. Lastly, during our most recent achievement assembly, most Year 9 students had been awarded either a Gold, Silver or Bronze star badge according to a variety of different success criteria. We are very proud of what the girls have achieved thus far, and look forward to awarding even more stars in the future! Thank you to those of you who have taken the opportunity to order a Year 11 cardigan for your daughter. We are happy for the students to wear their cardigans immediately, they do look so very smart. Year 10 students should now wear one of the following combinations:  their new Year 11 cardigan with their school blouse,  their blazer with their school blouse,  their Year 11 cardigan and blazer ,  or their school jumper and their blazer with their school blouse. Students are not permitted to wear only their school jumper and blouse. Many thanks for your continued support,

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The Year 11 GCSE exams are now in full swing. Students are working hard both in and out of lessons to give themselves the best possible preparation. From the 22nd May students started their exam timetable and will only come into school for their exams and compulsory revision sessions. Morning sessions start at 8:00am and afternoon sessions at 12:20pm. All room information for these sessions will be displayed in the student signing in area. It is vital students sign in and out of school so we are aware of who is on the school site. Good luck girls with all the exams, you can do it! As well as exams this is a time when Year 11 are reflecting on their memories and this is being done through the prom, leavers hoodies and their yearbook. Prom Year 11 prom is fast-approaching! Prom will be at Kingswood Golf & Country Club, Sandy Lane, Tadworth, Surrey KT20 6NE, Wednesday 4th July, 7pm 11pm. It is an evening for the cohort to be together one last time, before going in their different directions for their future studies. This will be a night of elegance and enjoyment! Please can you ensure that you and your daughter know how they are getting home from the prom. Hoodies Students have placed orders for customised leavers hoodies from leavershoodies.com, which will be arriving from the first week after half term to be distributed. There will be an array of colours for the future Year 11s to start getting ideas from. Yearbook The yearbook has been put together by students and staff; filled with pictures and personal comments, this is a must item on leaving Year 11. Make sure not to miss out on this!

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Everyone who wants to take part in world challenge are really apprehensive about the fundraising, but it’s really not as daunting as it seems; it’s actually quite fun and rewarding to achieve something that seems such a big mountain to climb! How I’m fundraising is by taking part in the events that world challenge organise for us to raise money by gaining sponsors, I raised over £200 pounds on this event. I also do a lot of babysitting as well as working as I have a job. I made most of my money was through selling plants, I raised over £700 in only under three months! I plan to sell things at car boot sales and lots of car washing in the summer holidays. I recommend it to anyone who’s committed and hard working to take part, you really have to work hard to raise lots of money though in the end it’s really rewarding, especially as I’m going straight after my GCSE’s! Tamara 10VK If you are up for the Challenge let Miss Johnson know https://weareworldchallenge.com/uk Below are some of the photographs from 2016’s trip to India

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