Learning for Work group raise £250 for Macmillan Cancer Research

(Posted on 27/09/19)

‘History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children.’ Nelson Mandela.

I have no doubt that all staff here at Christleton High School make a significant difference in the lives of our students on a daily basis and for that, I am extremely grateful. This week has again seen many of our staff ‘go the extra mile’, to ensure the widest possible opportunities for our students to excel, whatever their chosen field.

This week has been an incredibly busy one, with our Open Evening and Open Mornings. These events are wonderful opportunities for students and staff to showcase our school to prospective parents and carers of Year 5/6 students. We were incredibly busy on Wednesday evening. A vibrant atmosphere underpinned by proud students and proud staff; so many students back at school, helping out in their own time. Our Learning for Work group of students organised two fantastic coffee mornings in the Hall for our visitors, raising over £250 for Macmillan Cancer Research. The group served tea and coffee along with their own homemade cakes, baked during the Open Evening - great team effort! 

Our Sixth Form Performing Arts students run a weekly Drama Club, ‘REACH’, for lower Years in the school. The Year 7 club started on Monday (23rd September) at 12:30 until 13:00. The participants develop their drama skills through improvisation, drama games, scripted work and, we hope, will aim for a short performed piece at the end of the term. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs de Winton, our Head of Drama.

It’s been a busy week in the Business department – with 61 of our Year 11 students making the trip to the Cadbury’s factory in Birmingham; not only did they spend the day learning about the manufacturing process, but they also gained an insight into how the company market the brand – not to mention the added bonus of tasting lots of chocolate!

Year 12 Business & Economics A-Level students, have started the ‘Student Investor Challenge’ this week. They will gain a practical learning experience about the work of the stock exchange and they all have the opportunity of investing a virtual £100,000 in stocks and shares, competing against other schools across the country, to see who can grow the biggest profits from this ‘investment’. Finally, Young Enterprise has been launched in Year 12 with over sixty students starting their adventure of running their own limited company - watch this space for new products!

On Monday, we had a visit from members of staff from Nottingham Trent University, who were demonstrating to our Year 13 students how to write a personal statement, whether for apprenticeship/job application or UCAS statement – one of four workshops held throughout the year, helping to prepare students for the next stage in their career path.

I would like to remind parents/carers, that if you need to contact school to speak with staff, either by ‘phone or by email, please do not expect an immediate reply due to teaching or other commitments. Our communications protocol makes clear that staff have up to three school days to respond. I would also respectfully request that parents/carers please pre-arrange a time to meet with staff, rather than dropping into school during the day, as we cannot guarantee their availability. Our protocol can be found using the following link:


Mrs Lister has been leading assemblies this week, with the theme of Inclusion and Acceptance. This reflects one of our core values: Caring for each other - whatever our ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical appearance, creed or gender. I don’t want any student to feel that they are in some way marked out for discrimination or bullying of any kind – our young people grow up in a multi-cultural society and I see it as our role to ensure that they are not only accepting of differences, but welcome them as they enrich our lives and experiences.

I hope you all have a great weekend – I shall be cheering Wales on as we seek to overturn the mighty Aussies in the Rugby World Cup – good luck to the other home nations too!

Cymru am Byth!

D P Jones


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