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The Principal Reports:

Neil Gallagher, PrincipalWe are now 2 weeks into the spring term and the festivities of Christmas and the new year seem to be a dim and distant memory.
January and February can often feel like very long, dark months, but the start of a new year also brings a freshness and an eagerness to the entire school community. There are exciting things ahead for all Year groups throughout the spring and summer terms and for Year 11 and Sixth Form students they return with a realisation that their exams are no longer too far away. Without doubt, there are an intense few months ahead for these students, many parents will notice that their child develops a more mature approach to their studies; focussed on independent study and exam preparation, as they become aware that the outcomes of the exams are so important to their future aspirations. Staff are on hand and fully prepared to offer all the support and study assistance they can; students and parents should remember that staff have been through this before, both as students themselves and then as teachers, they know and understand what it is like!
School life is quickly getting back into the groove of both academic and extra-curricular activities. On Saturday, 7th January, the very first week back, a group of students had a very early 7am start to get to Twickenham for a Harlequins Rugby match. The students had a great day and were able to meet and have their photo taken with the England player, Chris Robshaw. Undeterred by the cold weather on Friday, Year 12/13 Production students braved the elements and visited Harry Potter World, more details will be in next week's Parent News.
Coming up in the next 2 weeks: there is a Maths trip for a group of Year 10’s to Cambridge University, a Year 12 trip to Sussex University, a Vi6 Taster Day at Essex University and a Year 7 Young Detectives workshop at Stanway School.
For Year 8’s, the next couple of weeks is an extremely important time; it is the start of the selection process for their Option Pathways, before finalising the subjects they will be studying from Year 9 through to their GCSE’s. On Thursday, 19th January there will be a very important Parents' Evening, when students and their parents can meet with staff to obtain advice and guidance on their possible choices. Information booklets will be sent home with students to help assist with the decision making process.
As we have experienced our first real taste of winter, a reminder to all parents that in the event of snow, please check the school website or tune into local radio stations to find out if there has been a need to close the school or delay the start.
Finally, I am very sorry to end on a sad note, but I have to mention the very sad news that our former head caretaker Mr Gordon Wills passed away just before Christmas. Gordon was a lovely man, very friendly, conscientious and committed to making our school a better place for both staff and students. This ethos has always been Gordon’s principles and before joining us he had been a caretaker at a school in London where he was awarded the MBE for his services to the community. He continued with the same work ethic when he came to CCHS and we were extremely lucky to have him. Our condolences go out to his wife, Pam, and all of his family.
Neil Gallagher, Principal CCHS

View previous 'Principal's Blog' entries here.


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    • R-E-A-L Day - Tuesday 31st January
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    w/c 23rd January - Week 1
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    CCHS Events


    Week Commencing 23rd January
    Year 11 - Pre-Public Exams - All Week
    including Sigma Maths Mock - Friday 27th January

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    CCHS Events


    Saturday 21st January
    Year 11 - Art Coursework Catch-Up Day
    10am to 2pm - Room A7

    Tuesday 24th January
    Year 7 - North East Essex Rugby Festival
    @ Witham Rugby Club 12pm - 3pm

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    CCHS Events


    Tuesday 24th January
    Under 14 Girls - Football @ Home
    Essex Cup Semi-Finals - Kick-off 2.00pm

    Tuesday 24th January
    Year 11 - Football - Essex Cup Quarter-Finals
    CCHS vs William Edwards School, Grays
    @ Home - Kick-off 2.30pm

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    CCHS Events


    Wednesday 25th January
    Learn on Location Trip
    6th Form visit to the Bank of England

    Thursday 26th January
    Year 11 - Concerns Parents Evening
    (by Invitation only)
    4pm to 6pm

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