CCHS Weekly News

Autumn Term 2020
Friday 13 November 2020

We Will Remember Them

On Wednesday at 11 o’clock, the school fell quiet as we remembered the lost and injured service men and women, during current and previous conflicts around the world, including the two world wars.
We Will Remember Them
A number of Year 8 students, who have recently excelled in their Humanities lessons, also attended a special socially distanced Armistice Day service at the Clacton War Memorial on the seafront. Accompanied by Head of School, Mr Taylor and Director of Humanities, Mr Dale, the students joined other ex-service men and women by laying a poppy wreath in honour of ‘The fallen heroes, from all the armed forces’.
We Will Remember Them
Along with the whole school, all observed a 2-minute silence as a mark of respect, allowing everyone time to reflect on the lives lost over time.

Key Stage 3 – Physical Education

Now that the weather is getting colder, pupils in Year 7 & 8 are encouraged to wear black or navy tracksuit bottoms on their PE days. Please note that leggings are not acceptable kit for Key Stage 3 PE lessons, they are only permitted in Years 9, 10 & 11 Dance lessons. Students are also permitted to wear sports undershirts during the winter months; CCHS rugby tops / CCHS sweatshirts are compulsory for activities outside.

Music Instrument Lessons

Our music department is currently working hard to reinstate their extra-curricular instrument lessons with Essex Music Services. They recently published an online questionnaire to help them gauge the level of interest for student instrument lessons. Parents who would like their son or daughter to learn to play a musical instrument, or would like further information, can register their interest by completing the survey; the deadline is Friday 27th November - Instrumental Lesson Interest

CCHS Holly Court Christmas Appeal

The festive period will soon be here, and it is the time of year when we spread some Christmas cheer through our Holly Court appeal. Each year staff, students and their parents kindly donate gifts to fill shoe boxes for the grateful residents of the local sheltered housing facility.
CCHS Holly Court Christmas Appeal
Last year, we delivered over a hundred presents. The initiative has now been running for ten years and we are always truly amazed at the kindness and generosity of our students and their parents. This year, giving and supporting each other is more important than ever, especially as many people are feeling isolated and anxious. We are very PROUD to be able to help and support our community at this time.
CCHS Holly Court Christmas Appeal This year we are having to organise things slightly differently and shoe boxes will be replaced with special tote bags. All we ask is that students bring in one or two non-perishable items to go in each bag. We aim for each form group to fill as many Christmas bags as possible with items such as soaps, shower gels, gloves, scarfs, puzzle and word-search books, tinned food, biscuits, tea bags, coffee, hot chocolate and any other suitable items. Some students may like to complete whole Christmas bags on their own or with family members, and that is also welcome.
Form Tutors are now accepting items from their form groups. Items can be dropped into a collecting box in each form room to reduce item handing. The deadline for contributions is the 4th December.
In addition, we are also able to accept donations through a special option via Parent Pay - just allocate a donation to the ‘Holly Court Christmas Appeal’, this will be used to purchase additional goodies to include in the Holly Court present bags and any excess will be donated to support the Christmas Day plans of the Rotary Club.
Disappointingly, for the first time in over two decades, the Christmas Day lunch, organised by the Rotary Club for the elderly and lonely people in Clacton, and hosted at the school, has become another casualty of the pandemic. Instead, the Rotary Club are organising goody bags to deliver to those people that would normally attend.