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The Principal Reports:

Neil Gallagher, PrincipalSince writing my last blog, a lot has happened in school. We have had the glamour of the school prom, the intensity of the Year 10 mock exams, a geography field trip to Dorset and a multitude of other trips. On Tuesday, we welcomed our next cohort of CCHS students for our induction day and evening and then on Thursday and Friday we had two days of sporting prowess, courtesy of our annual sports days. Of course, this week we also had the tension of a penalty shoot-out and now the excitement of being in the World Cup semi-finals!
Many thanks to all our staff for their efforts over the last two weeks, giving up their free time to support the prom and the long weekend residential, and for organising some great trips and events in school.
Disappointingly, we had to cancel two Parental Focus events; the Salsa evening and the after school rounders match, but we have another one this week to tempt you with; our summer family film night. This coming Wednesday, in the main hall, we have a screening of the 1978 classic, Grease and we would love to welcome you and your children to this free event.
Can you believe that we are almost at the end of another academic year? With just two weeks left, I can reflect back and on the whole feel that it has been a good year for CCHS. There has been some difficult times recently, but overall there are many, many moments to be very proud of. Particularly pleasing was being able to welcome the Ofsted inspectors in January and to showcase the amazing teaching and learning that happens here, day in and day out. Having the affirmation that we are most definitely a good school but could be outstanding, stands us in good stead for the future and we will continue to strive to maintain the high standards we have set.
With the end of term approaching, there is still so much going on. Coming up this week, on Monday 9th July, 60 Year 7 students 'head' off to Hedingham Castle and in the evening we have a dance show. On Tuesday, a group of Year 12's are going to the Natural History Museum on an art trip, and 80 Year 7's go to Colchester Zoo. On Wednesday, another group of Year 7's will be off to the zoo and we have the Family Focus event. Thursday is the final REAL day of the year, which will include a Careers Fair and the Race for Life; the day concludes with the Vocational & Fitness Faculty Awards ceremonies, firstly PE, followed by the Production and Design. On Friday, the Year 9's also have a trip to Colchester Zoo and then on Saturday; our choir will be performing in the evening at Plough Corner supporting the Clacton Relay for Life event. We should remember that throughout all of this, there is still a good smattering of Year 10 mocks, and all students continue to work very hard in their lessons right up until the last moment.
My intention through writing this blog is to give you an insight into school life and when I actually begin to detail everything that is happening, I quite often feel astounded at how much we manage to cram in! So, once again, a big thank you to staff, we have an incredible team at CCHS; teaching and support colleagues, and also to you and your children, after all, it is our young people that makes everything so worthwhile.
Finally, a reminder that for the last 2 weeks we will be piloting a change to school day timings. Please note, there is no change to the start or end time, but the first lesson begins promptly at 8.45am. It is vitally important that all students arrive at school with sufficient time to reach their classroom for the start of their first lesson. The reason for this decision is that we have an increasing number of students joining the school in September and we would like to ease congestion in Clouds at break and lunchtime, this has led to a trial on splitting the students’ social times. This change will take some getting used to for the students and we appreciate your support in ensuring your child is punctual to school.
Parent News this week has full details of the new timings, along with photos from the Prom and other articles and information.
Neil Gallagher, Principal CCHS

View previous 'Principal's Blog' entries here.

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