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The Principal Reports:

Neil Gallagher, PrincipalWelcome back, I hope you all had an enjoyable Easter break, we were exceptionally lucky enjoying some fine weather for almost the entire two weeks.
The second half of the term began with a very busy week, with a round of football matches for girls and boys against Clacton Coastal Academy and Tendring; congratulations to the teams, there were some outstanding results. We had the inter-form athletics competition, a Year 13 residential to Essex University and our latest REAL Day on Tuesday, followed by Year 7 Parents' Evening on Thursday. It was great to see so many parents attending to catch up with subject teachers on their children's progress and the evening was very busy with a real buzz of conversation in Clouds. I thoroughly enjoy seeing the school full of children accompanied by their parents, I know how important and influential parental engagement is in ensuring successful outcomes for students.
For our upper school students, Years 10 to 13, examinations are imminent and the final push towards the preparations for these are happening in earnest throughout all subject areas in school. Again, parental engagement is vital, the mutual support and encouragement of home and school are key to success; together we can prompt, cajole and remind students to attend all of the additional revision sessions and make the most all the help available. At no time of the year is our PROUD ethic more relevant than now and students can apply the principles of 'Presentation, Respect, Organisation, Understanding and Determination' to their exam preparation.
Just before the Easter holiday some of our students took part in the Jack Petchey 'Speak out Challenge'. Workshops were held throughout the day to encourage students to be able to confidently speak in front of their peers and other groups of people on unfamiliar subjects. Techniques were tried and tested, including facial expression and tone of voice, body language and hand gestures. Excellent oracy is crucial for success and at CCHS this is something we are working very hard to improve in all our students; with speaking presentation opportunities encouraged throughout all areas of the curriculum. Successful oracy presentation will enable our students to confidently engage with others in situations outside of their comfort zone. We want students to be able to showcase themselves to their very best when it comes to interviews for universities or future employers.
One of the students who took part in the Jack Petchey Challenge, Shannon Gilsensen, did exceptionally well and went on to represent CCHS in a north east Essex final at Thomas Lord Audley School. Well done Shannon! A full report on the outcome of the next round will be in this forthcoming Friday's Parent News.
Neil Gallagher, Principal CCHS

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    In the Latest Parent News


    • Summer Term 2017
    • Summer Exam Information
    • Publicising Exam Success
    • Jack Petchy - Speak Out Challenge
    • Coastal Swimming Gala 2017
    • A Spring Weekend in Madrid
    • Lower School Production 2017 - "Miss Honey"
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    What to do if your child is ill..

    Please contact the School on the first day of your child's illness and each day after, as long as the absence continues. (Telephone the Student Absence Line before 9.00am - 01255 424266.)

    Following any period of absence written confirmation must be supplied to the Attendance Office detailing the reasons for the absence, signed by the student's parent/carer.
    This is in addition to the notification by phone during the absence.

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    Clouds Restaurant
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    w/c 24th April - Week 2
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    CCHS Events


    Monday 24th April
    Year 13 Learn on Location Trip
    Trident Engineering

    Wednesday 26th April
    Year 8 History
    Learn on Location Trip
    Imperial War Museum Duxford

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    CCHS Events

    Wednesday 26th April
    Year 7 & Year 8 Interform Sports
    Indoor Athletics - 3.15pm to 4.30pm

    Wednesday 26th April
    Year 7 Science
    Parental Engagement Evening
    4.30pm to 6.00pm

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    CCHS Events

    Wednesday 26th April
    CCHS Annual Dance Show
    School Hall - 6.30pm to 8.00pm


    Saturday 29th April
    Art Coursework Session - GCSE and A Level
    Miss Gately & Miss Wells
    10.00am to 2.00pm - Rooms A6/A7

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