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Spring Term 2019
Friday 8th February 2019

Day turns out to be a REAL lifesaver

Last week, our third Religious, Ethical & Life-Long Learning (REAL) Day, of this academic year, touched on some sensitive and important subjects across some of our older year groups, whilst our Year 7 and 8 students focused on a variety of new activities. These special days enable us to deliver the Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE) elements of our curriculum. The various sessions help students to explore and reflect on complex, as well as everyday circumstances, whilst learning important and useful life skills.
Day turns out to be a REAL lifesaver
During the morning, our Year 7 students engaged in probably one of the most important sessions. As part of their ‘How to Save a Life’ campaign, The British Heart Foundation gave the school special training manikins to help us teach every student at CCHS how to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation – better known as CPR. One of their representatives was also on hand throughout the day, to help teach the students this important life skill. The Year 7 students also learnt some basic First Aid, as part of a St John Ambulance campaign, as well as learning how to communicate with the deaf by learning the basics of British Sign Language.
Day turns out to be a REAL lifesaver
Year 8 students spent their morning learning about the effects and consequences in the misuse of drugs, along with lessons on embracing a positive body image. Year 9 students learnt important lessons about how teenage pregnancy affects the lives of both teenage boys and girls, as well as looking at the extremely sensitive subject of abortion. Both year groups also took part in the annual Essex County Council Young Peoples’ online questionnaire – completed by every Year 8 and Year 9 student in Essex. The Health and Wellbeing survey helps formulate trends on the wellbeing of children and young people in Essex.
Day turns out to be a REAL lifesaver
In Year 10, students looked at democracy and human rights, as well as learning about how the Bank of England regulates finance with a special presentation by one of their representatives. Year 11 are fully focused on this year’s GCSE exams and they spent their morning concentrating on specific revision ahead of their imminent mock examinations. Our next REAL day is in March when students will engage with even more important life skills and knowledge.

Swimmers Get the Olympic ExperienceSwimmers Get the Olympic Experience

Last weekend, a number of our students, who are members of local swimming clubs, had the experience of a lifetime. They were taking part in the second swim meet of the annual Essex County Swimming Championship Finals at the London Aquatic Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in Stratford. Having gained the necessary qualifying times the swimmers took to the pool for the 50m sprints weekend. Qualifying for a place in the final was top of everyone’s agenda along with setting new personal best times and gaining Regional Championship qualifying times.
Having already clocked-up a handful of medals and best times two weeks ago, in the first County Finals meet, Year 9 student and Colchester swimmer, Alfie Francis, was again on winning form. He won gold in the 50m Breaststroke, in a new personal best time, Silver in 50m Butterfly, with another best time, 14th in the 50m Freestyle and 20th in the 50m Backstroke. A number of Clacton Swimming Club swimmers had also qualified for the finals with Year 10 swimmer, Mia Lawrence, competing in the 50m Butterfly, Backstroke and Breaststroke and Year 9 student, Joseph Griggs, in the 50m Breaststroke. In addition, Grace Turner in Year 7, came 10th in the final of the 50m Breaststroke, which also earnt her an Eastern Region qualifying time, and produced a new personal best time in the50m Butterfly . Well done to them all.