It is difficult to believe that within a week, we will be starting the first half-term of the academic year. I have now completed my hot chocolate meetings with Year 7 and am mid-way through meetings with our new Year 12 students. What has struck me is the way our new students have become a part of the school so quickly: they have engaged with their lessons and have been keen to take advantage of the extra-curricular opportunities available here. Our first major extra-curricular event of the year takes place in the Town Hall on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week. I am, of course, referring to the musical, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Managing any school production is a titanic task, involving a range of skills, including teamwork, tenacity and creative endeavour. Students and staff have been working through lunchtimes and Sundays to put this production on the stage. Next week’s performance will be a testament to our students. Many will have grown in confidence and self-assuredness, while, and this is important, enjoying the actual experience. I would though like to acknowledge the work of staff in getting this production to the stage: Mr Harris (director), Mrs Thompson (musical director), Mrs Jago (producer) supported by Mr Lillywhite, Mr Pountney, Miss Craven, Mrs Porter, Mrs Shilling, Mr Donington and Mr Birch. Thank you to them and other staff who go above and beyond to support these activities that enable our students to thrive.
The German exchange departs for our Bavarian partner school Willibald Gymnasium in Eichstatt on Wednesday morning and returns on Tuesday 23 October. I will be joining the group on Sunday evening. Exchanges will become even more important in a post-Brexit world and I am grateful to Dr Wilton and Miss Turner for leading this visit. Thank you to parents who will be hosting partner students when they visit the School for the return trip in March 2019.
I put out a note a couple of weeks ago asking parents to contribute to the school fund, if they feel appropriate. I would like to issue that request again but, on this occasion, to mention some of the activities that last year’s fund supplemented. Last year, the money enables us to support Young Enterprise, the school minibus (which enables small groups to participate in competitions and visits), house drama, three school concerts, the Year 11 bowling trip, GAP year funding for two students, a creative writing workshop and team transport for sports fixtures. As you can see, not a paper clip, text book or utility bill in sight! I cannot stress how important this fund is in enabling students to have access to a wide and varied extra-curricular programme such as this. I have advised £30 per student attending CGS – please give more or less if you can.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme
I am delighted to report that our 77 participants last year contributed 1,742 hours of voluntary service to our community. With 60 Year 10 students starting their Bronze Award this week, I am certain that we will see more hours of service next year.
Have an enjoyable weekend,