CCHS Weekly News

Autumn Term 2020
Friday 18 December 2020

Season’s Greetings from CCHS

Season’s Greetings from CCHSThis year the world, as we knew it, changed and we have all had to deal with the global pandemic. As a country, as a family, as a school and, each of us, as individuals, have had to adapt our way of life and make adjustments to how we go about our daily lives. The first term of the 2020/2021 academic year has been challenging for students, teachers and everyone to ensure that our school functions on a daily basis. We thank you all for your cooperation and understanding, as we endeavour to ensure that your children continue to learn and flourish amid the ‘new normal’. Let us hope that, by this time next year, we will be able to enjoy all of the things that we have been missing.
As the autumn term draws to a close, the members of our Local Governing Committee, along with the teachers, support and administrative staff at Clacton County High School, would like to wish all of our students and their parents and carers, a very Merry Christmas.       School re-opens in the New Year on Monday 4th January.
Only students in Years 11 and 13 will be on site for face to face learning; other year groups will be given work to complete online.

The Joy of Giving at Christmas

This week we were delighted to be able to spread some seasonal cheer through our annual Christmas present appeal. Each year, CCHS students and their families kindly donate gifts and essential items for the residents of Holly Court sheltered housing association. The initiative was set up ten years ago and has helped the students focus on the idea of caring and thinking of others at Christmas. This year has been a difficult one for many and the response to the appeal, over the past number of weeks, has been humbling. We have been overwhelmed by the amount of items that The Joy of Giving at Christmashave been received, accompanied by generous online donations totalling £340.
Almost a hundred special CCHS Christmas tote bags were filled and arranged around the school tree ready for delivery. This week the residents of Holly Court, each received an early present, and were once again overwhelmed with the kindness and generosity of our students and their families
Anchor Housing Manager, Ela Crabtree-Soanes, was full of praise for everyone who helped, "The generosity and thoughtfulness of the students at Clacton County High School has once again astounded us all. You make so many people happy at Christmas time each year. For some of our residents this is the only Christmas present they receive. Thank you all so much."
This year’s Holly Court Appeal coordinator, Media Studies teacher Alex Macleod said "We have had an overwhelming response from our wonderful students and their families. A mix of gift bags were delivered, along with books, jigsaw puzzles and kitchen equipment, which Holly Court can make use of in their communal areas. In the face of adversity, this has been our best year ever and a fantastic way to celebrate the tenth anniversary of our annual appeal. Well done and thank you to all our parents, students and staff who contributed to make this wonderful and kind gesture possible. We have already received some lovely Christmas cards from the residents which are heartwarming to read; the gratitude from the residents themselves makes the appeal even more relevant in this very difficult year. In addition, we have been able to donate some items to the Clacton Food Bank and the balance from the online donations for the appeal has been donated to the Rotary Club Christmas Appeal."