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The Principal Reports:

Neil Gallagher, PrincipalThe first half of the autumn term is almost complete, with the October half term just on the horizon. It has been a very busy start to the 2018-19 academic year with a lot going on; we have hosted our annual open evening, parents' evenings, sixth form open evening, awards evening, tours of the school, not to mention a full Ofsted inspection, alongside the excellent teaching and learning happening each day.
It may seem that we have only just moved on from the examinations of last summer, which is true, but we are ready to start again; such is the circle of school life. Next week our Year 10 students will start the process off with mock English literature exams, followed by some mocks for Year 11's in both science and computer science. These will happen in the main hall and will emulate real exam conditions, in preparation for the GCSE examinations next summer.
A full programme of mock exams begins after half term. We want our students to be as exam resilient as possible, so that when they are faced with the pressures of the exam season, they are not daunted by the prospect. A schedule of exams and events can be found on our exams information page by following this link.
Outside of examinations, there is still time for some fun activities and some exciting opportunities. The extra-curricular clubs are now definitely up and running, and the sporting fixtures calendar is very full at the moment. Science seems to dominate the theme this week with the Sigma Faraday Challenge at CCHS; a visit to the London Cruise Terminal to see how chemistry is so important to the development of business and to highlight the range of exciting career opportunities that arise from studying this subject, and the Quadcopter Challenge continues with a group of STEM students heading off for a further event at the Passmores School in Harlow.
In English, we are delighted to welcome an author and journalist to our school; Vanessa Altin, in a 'meet the author' event. Vanessa has written a booked called The Pomegranate Tree, based on her real life experiences and the true, moving and sometimes shocking stories, of the young people she met as a journalist whilst covering the war in Syria. Our students have been preparing for her visit and I am certain she will encourage and inspire some budding journalists or writers hidden in our midst!
The week culminates on Friday with a very special charity event being organised by our sixth form students. We are having a Pink and Purple Day; pink for Breast Cancer Research and purple to support a young local boy suffering from Wiskott Aldrich Syndrome. I am sure that there will be some innovative ideas put forward to raise money for such worthy causes, which will be well supported, as usual by our school community.
Can I just thank parents for their overwhelming support of the changes we will be putting into place after half term in regards to the mobile phone protocol. A reminder that between October and Christmas, students will be warned to put their phones away. In the new year, students with phones out, at anytime during the school day, maybe issued with a sanction in accordance with the Behaviour for Learning Policy.
Good luck to our mock 'examinees' next week and to all the students taking part in fixtures and challenges. I hope everyone enjoys a restful mid-term break, remember the clocks go back overnight on Saturday/Sunday, 27th /28th October and when we return on Monday, 29th October, with an extra hours sleep on our side, it really will be darker nights, which inevitably means the build up to Christmas!
Neil Gallagher, Principal CCHS

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    Staff and Students return on Monday 29th October

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    Monday 22nd October
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    CCHS Events


    W/c Monday 29th October
    Year 11 Mock Examinations
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    Thursday 1st November
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    Thursday 1st November
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    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 - Option 1) 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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    Parents & Visitors in School

    Parents & Visitors MUST enter the school through the Main Entrance and report to the school reception, formally sign-in.
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    In addtion, Students should not be driven into and dropped off in, or collected from, the school car park.
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