CCHS Weekly News

Autumn Term 2020
Friday 16 October 2020


Our Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) team have developed a fantastic resource for our students and their families with their new STEM micro-website.
Following on from World Space Week, a couple of weeks ago, the STEM website is now celebrating the great contributions that black scientists, mathematicians and doctors, who have help shaped the world of science over the last century. These include early pioneers:
Mary Seacole (born 1805), who worked on yellow fever cholera and was a pioneer on wound care; Dr Rice (born 1848) who extended antiseptic research to South London hospitals; and Audrey McCracken (born 1936), who pioneered research into Special Care Baby Units.
There is also an interesting feature on Katherine G. Johnson, a champion of STEM education and one of NASA’s most inspirational figures, who died in February, aged 102. The gifted mathematician was a trailblazer in the quest for racial equality and her calculations contributed to the first triumphs in human spaceflight. Katherine worked on the complex trajectory calculations for America’s first space mission with Alan Shepherd, in 1961 which was part of the early steps towards a moon landing. She then went on to lead the team who developed the calculations for the first moon landing in 1969.
Take a look at the feature on our STEM Microsite.

Nut Allergies

We would like to bring to your attention that we have several staff and students with severe nut allergies in school. Therefore we kindly encourage parents and carers to consider avoiding sending students into school with nut based products.

One More Week until Half-Term

We finish for the autumn half-term break next Friday. School finishes at 3:10pm after lesson 4 on Friday, 23rd October. We return for the second half of the autumn term on Monday 2nd November at 8:45am.

Childline - not just a phone call

The Childline website has lots of valuable information for children and their parents; one useful area is their Calm Zone. The activities aim to help children feel better when they are feeling anxious, scared or sad.
Childline - Calm Zone
Although children should be encouraged to visit the website themselves, these are good techniques for parents to use with children. Ideas include: breathing exercises, a 'let it go' box and creating a 'sense drawer'.
Visit the Childline Calm Zone to find out more

The CCHS Well-being Hub

Last term we launched our Well-being Hub webpage to help and support during the pandemic. As infection rates are again increasing, now is a good time to remind parents that help is available for those families who are struggling to cope - Click Here to take a look!
One article highlights how you can develop your mental resilience to cope with situations in which you find yourself. Resilience is about taking steps to look after your wellbeing, which can help you deal with pressure, and reduce the impact that stress has on your life. This is sometimes called developing emotional resilience.
Resilience is not just your ability to bounce back, but also your capacity to adapt in the face of challenging circumstances, whilst maintaining a stable mental wellbeing. Resilience is not a personality trait – it is something that we can all take steps to achieve.
CCHS Well-being - Mental Resilience
You can:
• Make some lifestyle changes
• Look after your physical health
• Give yourself a break
• Develop your support network
Interested in finding out more…? To find out your keys to resilience - watch this video.