CCHS Weekly News

Autumn Term 2020
Friday 16 October 2020

PROUD – PSHEE LearningPROUD – PSHEE Learning

PROUD – PSHEE Learning Our Our first PROUD session of the academic year took place this week, linking with annual World Mental Health Day, last Saturday. The PROUD lesson focused on the topic of mental health and well-being. Throughout the year we devote numerous lessons to topics that link to our PROUD ideals and help support students’ Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE). Under the current climate, it is important for us all to acknowledge why happiness and positivity is so important to our mental health.
PROUD – PSHEE LearningStudents looked at how they can change and improve their own mind-set to help develop their positivity. As part of their learning, students in Years 7 and 8 developed ideas focusing on ‘What makes me happy?’ Key stage 4 students spent their session looking at the topic in more depth, learning about some of the causes and symptoms of mental and emotional ill health. They examined various mental health conditions and identified strategies for recognising, preventing and addressing these issues in themselves and others. The Year 9, 10 and 11 students also learnt about depression and grief, along with strategies on dealing with these conditions. Information was available on where they could seek help, if they required support, and how to recognise when someone else may find support useful.

Every Lesson CountsEvery Lesson Counts

After the cancellation of GCSE and A-Level exams this summer, our Year 10 and 11 students are understandably conscious that their exams next year could be affected and, recently through virtual assemblies, we endeavoured to answer as many of their questions as we could. We already know that the content of many GCSE courses has been changed to help free up teaching time, reduce pressure on students and allow assessments to be undertaken within current public health restrictions. This week, following an announcement by the government, we learnt that most AS, A levels and GCSEs will be held three weeks later in 2021 and it remains a possibility that Centre Assessed Grades may still be required. If this is the case, we will have the benefit of hindsight. This year, teachers had to provide Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs) for each exam student, in every subject. Schools and colleges looked at a range of evidence, including non-exam assessment, classwork, homework assignments and mock exams. It is therefore imperative that our Year 10 and Year 11 students ensure that ‘Every Lesson Counts’; that they produce outstanding classwork and homework, as well as revising thoroughly for every class assessment and mock exam. This will then give them the best possible opportunity to achieve the grades that they rightfully deserve, regardless of the situation next summer.

Year 11 – Attitude to Learning

To link in with our tag line ‘Every Lesson Counts’, we are delighted to be congratulating a number of our Year 11 students who currently have the highest points average for their attitude to learning across their subjects. They have also been acknowledged by their teachers for having an ‘Exceptional’ or ‘Motivated’ attitude in every subject. Well done to Lana Barrett, Jemima Boughey, Amalia Cazacu, Amet Chase, Alfie Elliott, Elizabeth Hammond, Jane Hammond, Jessica Knowles, Owen Maclean, Samuel Paul Saravanan, Aleena Rubeena Abraham, Jessica Rygal, Molly Stow and Beth Vine.