Headteacher's Blog

Headteacher's Blog

(Posted on 20/09/19)

Welcome to this week’s Headteacher’s blog. The weather has been very kind to us this week and our students have been able to take full advantage of the good weather, with Year 10 and 11 boys in particular, taking part in some very competitive rugby practice on the school field at lunchtime!

On Thursday a group of about 30 students from across the Year groups, participated in a workshop led by the ‘Parliament Education Engagement Department’. The workshop focused on group work and presentation skills for students with an interest in politics. Mrs McNally, our Head of Year 9 facilitated the activity, which looked at the process of how an idea progresses from a parliamentary bill to law. This was a great experience for our students as the workshop is offered only to a small number of schools in the area, and the parliamentary group will not be visiting this area again for another two years.

The PE department are still busy organising trials, with excellent turnout this week for both netball and football. So successful in fact, that we now have four squads for Year 8 netball! Head of PE, Mrs Stewart (neé Garner), has also asked me to remind you that this week saw the start of our ‘recreational extra-curricular clubs’ which take place on a Wednesday afternoon. These sessions are run by an organisation called 'Community & Educational Physical Development’ (CEPD), and are designed to encourage students to take part in sport for recreational purposes rather than competitive reasons, in order to encourage a more healthy lifestyle.

On Thursday, our termly ‘Washing Line Week’ started, when every Art student in the school will have a piece of work displayed in the school hall. It really is a magnificent display of talent and will be on full show for our Open Evening next week. The Art department is also currently running a Year 7 photographic competition, details of which are in student planners.

Now that the new academic year is well underway, the music department have begun weekly rehearsals with all of our school music groups. If your son/daughter has previously been a member of any of these groups, please remind them to attend as detailed below:

Concert Band (Brass, Woodwind, Percussion) - Mondays after school, 3.30pm-4.30pm
String Group - Wednesday lunchtime
Brass Group - Thursday lunchtime
Guitar Group - Wednesday lunchtime
Flute Group - Friday lunchtime
'Sax on Legs' (Saxophone Group) - Tuesday lunchtime
Clarinet Group - Thursday lunchtime
Choir (No audition required. Just come along and sing!) - Thursdays after school, 3.30pm-4.15pm

If you have a question about any of these weekly music groups or if your son/daughter is new to Christleton High School and would like to join a group or groups, please contact the Head of Performing Arts, Mr Phillips.

This has been an important week for our Year 7 students. Wednesday saw their first Parents’ Evening of the year, when parents and students met with Form Tutors, for an early progress report on how they have settled in. It was a very busy afternoon with lots of smiling faces – they really have settled in very well. Tonight the CHSA will be hosting their annual BBQ in which we welcome Year 7 parents to Christleton with an informal social gathering, an opportunity to meet new friends.

The CHSA play a key role in school, not only providing refreshments for school events, but also organising social events such as the BBQ and earlier this year, the 60th Anniversary Ball. They need more volunteers to help run these events, which raise vital additional sources of income for the school; money that in recent years has paid for new bike sheds, photographic equipment, additional seating and tables for the canteen and wellbeing training for students. If you can spare some time to help out, they would love to hear from you; please contact Rachel Rees-Hughes in the school office.

I look forward to seeing our Year 7 and their parents/carers at the BBQ this evening. Mr Smith, (Deputy Headteacher), and myself will be serving the burgers – don’t worry - pre-cooked by our canteen staff! It promises to be a lovely evening and I hope you all have a great weekend!

Best wishes

D P Jones


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