Parent News

Spring Term 2018
Thursday 29th March 2018

A Message from the Principal

A Message from the PrincipalThe speed in which the last half term has passed is quite astonishing and here we are at the Easter break. Although we have yet to enjoy any spring like weather and still face the possibility of another cold snap this coming week, when we return it will be 16th April and the start of the summer term. Inevitably, this means that we begin the run up to the very busy examination period.
As always, staff and the students are working extremely hard preparing for the exams, and even over the Easter holidays, important revision sessions are being held. I would like to thank staff for giving up their holiday and family time to provide additional teaching and learning for our students. As parents, your support is vital, and I urge you to encourage your son or daughter to make the most of their teachers’ additional help with preparations.
Please visit the Revision Section of our website for full details of all our revision sessions over the Easter break and into next term.
We are still riding high after our very positive Ofsted visit in early January and extremely proud of the inspectors' acknowledgement that our school could possibly move to an outstanding school. With this in mind, they recommended a full inspection within two years, which we would truly welcome. Any opportunity to showcase to visitors, the amazing teaching and learning that goes on throughout the school every day is a privilege; governors, staff and students already believe that CCHS is an outstanding school, providing a first class education to the children of our school community and our amazing results reinforce this belief. Enjoy the Easter break, fingers crossed that the weather takes a warmer turn and we can all enjoy some lovely warm sunshine.
Neil Gallagher, Principal CCHS

Essex Indoor Athletics Finals

During the autumn term, our Year 8 boys’ indoor athletics team won the local round of the Active Essex Secondary School Sportshall Athletics competition.
Essex Indoor Athletics FinalsLast week, the boys travelled to Southend for County finals and were up against the best teams from across Essex. The competition was tough across all the field and running disciplines and, although the boys produced some outstanding performances, they had to settle for 5th place overall. Well done to the team!

Come Dine with CCHS – 25th April

Come Dine with CCHS – 25th AprilOur Family Focus team, in association with our Food Technology department, presents 'COME DINE with CCHS', an Italian themed team cookery competition on Wednesday, 25th April. The evening is open to ALL year groups; students must attend with a parent/carer, as teams will consist of two chefs. BOOK A PLACE HERE.

Happy Easter

Happy Easter
‘Parent News’ is published a day early this week; we would like to wish you all a very Happy Easter. Today signifies the end of the Spring Term with two weeks Easter holiday to enjoy before we return to school for the summer term on Monday, 16th April at 8.45am.
Please Note: There are numerous revision sessions scheduled throughout the holiday for students taking exams this summer. Please see the ‘Events List’ on the homepage.

Family Focus Poetry Evening

Family Focus Poetry EveningWe recently featured the performance poetry sessions attended by our talented Year 9 and Year 10 students. A number of them continued to improve and write further poetry in preparation for a special performance event held last week on World Poetry Day.
Family Focus Poetry Evening
Students took it in turns to perform their work to the gathered parents, students and staff. Family Focus Poetry EveningThe Family Focus poetry slam was interspersed with some spontaneous poetry activities and also featured performances from a number of parents, who followed their child’s lead to write their prose on the night. Many thanks to all who attended and congratulations to all those who performed some outstanding and thought provoking poetry.

Leaving Staff

We say goodbye to Stefanie Moss who has taught at CCHS for 24 years. As our Head of Textiles for many years, she was one of our longest serving members of staff. She can now sit back and relax in her retirement. We also say farewell to Maths teacher, Richard Battye; Business teacher, Kelly Scott; Academic Key Worker, Emma Markham, Foundation Learning Teaching Assistant, Sheila Harkin and HR Manager, Helen Hobbs, who is moving over to the Sigma Trust offices. Many thanks and good luck to them all.