Headteacher's Blog: Freshers Fair!
(Posted on 13/09/19)
Dear Parents and Carers
The new school year is well and truly underway and we have certainly ‘hit the ground running’. I would like to start by thanking everyone for supporting the school so well in terms of expectations – our young people look very smart, wearing their uniform with pride and starting the new academic year in a positive manner. Walking around the school has been an absolute pleasure and comments from our young people have been overwhelmingly positive. Our new Year 7s have settled into life at Christleton - most of them know how to get around the school and many of them are participating in new clubs and events.
My assemblies this week have focused on ‘New Beginnings’ - not only looking forward to the plans we have for the school, but also re-visiting our school values – the 5 Cs of Christleton, emphasising our core message, that we are a happy, hardworking and caring community and we succeed when we work together.
Year 12 have settled into their A-level studies and on Monday they enjoyed their ‘Freshers Fair’, an opportunity for them to sign up to the many activities we have available here at school, and with other educational partners; from Young Enterprise, to Duke of Edinburgh, to EPQ. It was great to see so many students there, taking advantage of the many opportunities presented to them.
This week has also seen the PE department very busy conducting trials for various school teams. I popped over to see a very competitive Year 7 football trial take place on Monday night – Mr Davies and Mr Clark tell me that the battle for the goalkeeping jersey will be a particularly fierce one! I look forward to seeing some great performances from all our school teams.
In June, Kathryn Gornall, (Year 10 student), auditioned for the ‘Into Film Young Reporters Programme’. Out of around 500 UK students who applied to be Film Club reporters this year, Kathryn was one of the top 50 invited to the final audition in London, achieving one of just 24 places to become reporters. She was also the youngest successful applicant! This means that Kathryn will soon receive complimentary media training to prepare for her first assignment - which typically involves conducting either red carpet or press interviews with actors and directors in advance of film premiers. I look forward to reading her first review!
Some reminders for parents, carers and students:
- Sylvia Wood, our Pathways/Careers Advisor is in school every Thursday and students can make appointments to see her through the school office;
- Mr Hollywood runs a home learning/independent research workshop in the iResearch on Thursdays from 15:30;
- STEM Club runs every Tuesday at 15:30 in A8 – members are taking part in the national ’F1 for Schools Competition’, in which they have to make a model F1 car to compete in national finals to be held in Bolton in January. Mr Prouse and the team are eager to welcome any new Year 7 students; it’s a great way to make new friends.
- Friday sees one of our popular literary events - Miss Cowley will be leading a celebration of Roald Dahl in the iResearch Centre, in conjunction with Chester University – costumes at the ready!
Your support for Christleton High School and what we are doing to continue to improve, is greatly appreciated and I would personally like to thank our parents and carers for all of the lovely emails over the past week, in support of the school.
I hope you have a lovely weekend.
D P Jones
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