Parent News

Autumn Term 2018
Friday 14th September 2018

Sixth Form – Safe Driving Initiative

During their first week as Sixth Form students at CCHS, our new Year 12’s took part in the countywide ‘Roadster Event’, based around driving and road safety. The day helped to introduce students to the world of motoring and encouraged them to drive safely, as they are all fast approaching the legal driving age. Young drivers make up 1.5% of UK licence holders, but are involved in 10% of fatal and serious crashes where they are the driver. The Safer Essex Road Safety Partnership initiative is helping develop sixteen-year-old students across Essex into responsible, legal and safe drivers or passengers, as they start taking lessons or begin travelling with friends who are newly qualified drivers.
Sixth Form – Safe Driving Initiative
Students engaged in various scenarios during a full day of activities, which included information on the four fatal reasons for road traffic collisions: drink/drug driving, mobile phones - texting and distraction, speeding, and not wearing a seatbelt. In addition, Essex Fire and Sixth Form – Safe Driving InitiativeRescue delivered their ‘Driving with Grace’ campaign, to highlight the consequences of not driving safely and Kwik-Fit ran a workshop on basic maintenance, including tyre choice and the legalities about tread depth. The students found the whole event eye-opening and some very important messages were firmly embedded as they prepare to start driving.

European Day of Languages

This year our Modern Foreign Languages department will be trying something new as they celebrate the European Day of Languages on Wednesday, 26th September. This week they launched ‘The Great CCHS European Bake-European Day of LanguagesOff’ and are asking students to bake a cake decorated with a European theme. The cakes will be displayed and tasted by parents, students and staff at our Annual Open Evening on Thursday, 27th September, who will then vote for a winner.
Please could parents be aware of the following:
• Students should not bake too early, as the cake will go stale. All entries need to be brought to the MFL office on Wednesday, 26th September, only.
• Students need to write the ingredients included in their cake, so that we are aware of any allergens.
• The use of nuts in the bake, must be avoided completely.

Thinkalink Workshop Invitation

As part of our on-going focus on literacy and numeracy, students in Year 7 and 8 are to be taught an innovative way to help them remember anything they that learn.
Thinkalink Workshop InvitationOn Tuesday, 25th September, Andy Salmon (aka Sir Linkalot) from ‘Thinkalink’, will be visiting CCHS to introduce Year 7 and 8 students to the world of 'Linking'; a fun and easy way to remember any fact, with a focus on SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar), plus a bit of Maths thrown in to show the diversity of ‘Linking’. During the day students will be taught how to ‘Link’ and undertake small workshops to help reinforce what they have learnt.
After school, a special workshop for Year 7 and 8 parents will help them understand the methods taught during the day, enabling parents to help reinforce the skills at home. The parents’ Literacy Workshop on Tuesday, 25th September is open to all Year 7 and 8 parents and will take place from 3.15 - 3.45pm in the school hall. We look forward to seeing you there!

Clacton Triathlon Success

Congratulations to CCHS Science teacher, Erica Watts, who successfully completed her first Olympic distance triathlon last Sunday, as part of the 20th Anniversary of the Clacton Triathlon Weekend. A fantastic undertaking since she suffers from a congenital heart defect, which may require further surgery in the future.
Having completed a number of pool and lake based triathlons this summer, Erica who races for Cardiac Athletes, took on the challenge of a sea based swim. The 1500m swim was certainly testing this year due to the windy conditions; to complete that element of the triathlon was an achievement in itself. Erica completed the rest of the race, a 40km bike and 10km run, in a time of 3hrs 22m to finish 8th in her category.
Clacton Triathlon Success
Not satisfied with her achievement last weekend, she is already planning to enter the Clacton Triathlon next year, with an aim to break the 3hr barrier. Before that, she is competing in the Chelmsford Marathon in October, for J’s Hospice. Well done Erica!