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The Principal Reports:

Neil Gallagher, PrincipalIn one of my recent blogs I wrote about how both myself and our local fire officers had very serious concerns in regards to the cycling proficiency of some of the young people using the roads in Clacton. To build on the initiatives we introduced just before Christmas, on Wednesday, 22nd February during lesson 5 and after school, the fire service will be on site and all those students who cycle to and from school will be taking part in two important advice and information sessions. The first session will cover all aspects of road safety, cycling proficiency and highlight the dangers that all cyclists face, the after school session will look at bicycle maintenance. The fire service will be on site until 4.10pm and if your son or daughter cycles to school, I would ask for your support in encouraging them to remain after school for this session.
The first part of the spring term has flown by extremely quickly and it has been a very busy term for all year groups. Year 7's are now firmly established into life as secondary school students. Understandably, it takes some time to adjust to the change from much smaller junior school environments to the hustle and bustle of a big school, with lots of students moving around during lesson changeovers and the experience of having many different teachers for different subjects. New and important friendships and relationships have now been forged, some of which will last a life time. For parents, the first term is also a period of adjustment, as they too have to become accustomed to this transition after the intimacy of primary schools. As spring starts to arrive, we have by now all got to know each other and settled into CCHS life, which always moves at quite a pace.
To highlight how quickly students move towards their GCSE examinations, our Year 8 students have just selected their individual option pathway for the subjects they will begin to study from the September of Year 9. At CCHS we operate a three year pathway and so for Year 8's the start of their GCSE courses are just seven months away!
As our students are expected to make their choices so early in Year 8 and therefore embark very quickly on to their examinations courses, I cannot emphasise enough the importance of full attendance; even one missed lesson is lost teaching time that can never be regained. Without doubt, all of the research shows that there is a direct link between attendance and attainment, therefore, yet again, I am asking for the support of parents of students in all year groups, to avoid booking holidays during term time and ensure that your child attends school regularly and punctually.
Neil Gallagher, Principal CCHS

View previous 'Principal's Blog' entries here.


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    The Sigma Trust - Newsletter


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