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The Head of School Reports:

Chris Taylor, Head of SchoolAs I mentioned in my previous blog, this week we are focusing on careers with planned events giving advice, information and guidance to enable our students to start thinking of life beyond CCHS. Time at secondary school flies by very quickly and it is important that students make the most of all the opportunities and support available so that they start to develop a clear direction and purpose for the future.
Alongside the careers event, Thursday is World Book Day. At CCHS, we encourage our students to develop a love of reading for pleasure, whilst recognising that confidence with reading is key to success across all subject areas. To promote this idea, on Thursday a bell will sound at 12.25pm, during lesson 3, and the whole school will stop what they are doing, students will read for pleasure, uninterrupted for 30 minutes. This short break in lessons for a brief ‘Drop Everything and Read’ (DEAR) session will provide just a small opportunity to show the importance of reading and how good it feels to share with peers the knowledge gained from a good book. To further celebrate World Book Day, some of our staff will be dressing as one of their favourite characters from a book they have read. I am looking forward to seeing this, last year I had a bit of a surprise when I walked into an English lesson being taught by Lord Macbeth!
To kick-start World Book Day, we are holding a Family Focus event on Wednesday straight after school in the library at 3.15pm. Parents of students from all year groups are invited to come along with their child and bring an appropriate book that they have read, enjoyed and are ready to swap for another; students should bring a book to exchange too. £1 book vouchers are available for students from their form tutors to go towards a new book which can be purchased from the library.
In addition, this week mock exams continue for upper school students and sixth form, as well as official Year 10 BTEC Sport examinations. On Tuesday our Year 10 boys football team play in the next round of the Essex Cup away against Emerson Park Academy (good luck boys!). On Wednesday between 5pm and 7pm we are holding a Music Festival in the music, drama and dance area. On Thursday, we welcome our partners from the Into University initiative to work with a selected group of Year 10 students with a special workshop on ‘Entrepreneurship and Enterprise’. On Thursday afternoon a number of Year 8 students will be at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester to see 'Noughts and Crosses', one of the books they are currently studying in English. Sporting fixtures continue with Year 7, 8, 9 and Under 16 boys rugby, as well Year 7 and U14 girls football against Tendring Technology College. On Friday preparations begin for the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge with workshops for selected Year 10 students.
As you can see, it is an exceptionally busy week at CCHS, like so many, and inevitably, this is why the time goes so quickly! We understand how important it is to have a breadth of opportunities to suit all students’ tastes and abilities, complementing and enhancing the excellent teaching and learning that happens each day in school.
Take a look at Parent News which has some interesting articles on events that have already happened in school and details of the success and achievements of some of our students. Parents should also note important information on a free event on Wednesday evening at the Princes Theatre, which focuses on the apps that our young people use and how we can help to protect them from the possible dangers of the internet and dark web.
Chris Taylor, Head of School

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