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The Principal Reports:

Neil Gallagher, Principal Such is life that we encounter some strange and coincidental events! Firstly, there was the possibility of a serious gas leak on the school premises resulting in the unexpected early closure prior to the Christmas break. Then last week a main fuse went in the local substation causing a total loss of power, again forcing me to take the decision to close the school. I apologise to parents and students, not only for the inconvenience, but for the disruption to lessons.
Lessons are carefully planned by teaching staff to ensure that the full range of topics required for the subjects and courses are covered. The lost teaching time as a result of the closures will have to be caught up to ensure there are no gaps in students' knowledge. To this end, full attendance as we move forward is absolutely vital, and I urge all parents to ensure that students attend school punctually and do not miss time due to minor coughs and colds, which are inevitable at this time of year.
As you will no doubt be aware, we welcomed three Ofsted inspectors to CCHS on Tuesday, 9th January. It was a pleasure to be able to showcase our school to the visitors, giving them the opportunity to visit lessons to see learning in action, to meet students from a range of year groups and also meet with some members of staff to discuss different aspects of school life. It will be a few weeks until we receive the official report, but I was very proud of how our students; your children, conducted themselves and represented their school. When the report is received I will update parents on the outcome.
Last Thursday, was the final Parents' Evening for Year 11 students. Following directly after receiving the results of their GCSE preparatory exams, it gave students and their parents the opportunity to discuss with subject teachers the outcomes and plan the final preparations for the real GCSE exams coming up in the summer term. The evening was extremely well attended, and I was delighted to see and meet so many parents. I am always saying so, but it is worth repeating, the importance of home and school communicating and working together cannot be underestimated; it is a vital component in ensuring each child fulfils their potential.
Coming up this week is the Year 8 Pathways and Subject Fair evening, taking place on Thursday, 18th January. CCHS is currently unique in Tendring by offering our students a three year course of study for their GCSE's. Therefore, this too, is an extremely important Parents' Evening, providing an opportunity to gather information to help your child to decide on their preferred GCSE subject choices, which they begin at the start of Year 9 in September, this year. I urge parents of Year 8 students to attend between 4pm and 7pm this coming Thursday, it will really be of benefit with the decision making process.
All extra-curricular clubs are up and running again following the Christmas break. There is a wide range of opportunities to suit students of all abilities and differing interests. Details of what is on offer are published on the website. Extra-curricular activities are an important part of school life and help to develop different skills and broaden a student's scope of interests, as well as providing the opportunity to meet other like-minded students from other year groups.
Finally, this week we are very excited to welcome another visitor to CCHS. Yasmine Miller, a GB 100m Olympic hurdler will be coming into school to meet some of our students. Yasmine has recently beaten Jessica Ennis' 100m record and is a star to watch. Whilst she will be involved in some sporting workshops, Yasmine will also take time to talk with students about commitment, focus and dedication, all important skills required for success whatever future pathway is chosen.
Neil Gallagher, Principal CCHS

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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 MUST enter the school through the Main Entrance and report to the school reception, formally sign-in.
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    Registration/Assembly - 8.45am - 9.00am
    (5 minute changeover time 9:00am - 9.05am)
    Lesson 1 - 9.05am - 10.20am
    BREAK - 10.20am - 10.40am
    Lesson 2 - 10.40am - 11.55am
    (5 minute changeover time 11:55 - 12.00noon)
    Lesson 3 - 12.00noon - 1.15pm
    LUNCH - 1.15pm - 1.55pm
    Lesson 4 - 1.55pm - 3.10pm
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