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Summer Term 2018
Friday 20th July 2018

CCHS Welcomes the House of Lords Select Committee on Regeneration

CCHS Welcomes the House of Lords Select Committee on Regeneration
This week, we were delighted and honoured to welcome to the school, the House of Lords Select Committee with a focus on Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities. Clacton County High School has been featured in the Parliamentary Review and the committee enquired if they could visit our school to talk to our young adults about their experiences of living in a coastal town. The committee, consisting of six Lords and Baronesses, along with their staff, made a special visit to Clacton as they were keen to talk to and understand the views of the young people to help with their inquiry. They met for over an hour with a number of our sixth form students, gaining their views on how seaside towns accommodate their aspirations and the reasons for staying or leaving their home town when reaching adulthood. The views of the students will be used as part of the committee’s inquiry and could potentially help inform the recommendations that the committee make to the government around the regeneration of seaside towns.
CCHS Welcomes the House of Lords Select Committee on Regeneration
For one of our visitors, Lord Bassam of Brighton, Chairman of the Select Committee, it was a return to his roots; he grew up in Great Bentley and went to school in Clacton and remembered fondly the time he had spent as a youngster in Clacton. This was a fantastic opportunity for our young adults to meet with the Lords and Baronesses; they were able to tell the people, who can actually make change happen, what they think about growing up and living as an adult in a seaside town.

Clacton Relay for Life

Clacton Relay for LifeWe are exceedingly proud of the number of our students who played their part in the success of last weekend’s annual Clacton Relay for Life event. Clacton County High School students performed throughout the weekend in numerous dance and performance groups, including the cast of Hairspray – the charity production of the hit musical, which will take to the Princes Theatre stage on Saturday, 1st September, to raise even more money for the Relay for Life.
The highlight of every Clacton Relay for Life, is the poignant Candle of Hope, held at dusk. This year our choir played Clacton Relay for Lifean important part in the ceremony and as the sun went down the choir sang a number of emotionally fuelled songs. They also held candles as the lanterns, that were positioned around the track, were lit. The choir remained composed and professional as the emotion flooded out around the ground. Well done to all of our students who were involved in the weekend, be it as part of the organising committee, the CCHS choir, the cast of Hairspray, or who actually took part and walked miles and miles, during the 24 hour event.

Celebrating the Achievements of our Students

At the end of each academic year, we acknowledge the fantastic achievements of students throughout the school. Form tutors nominate students from their forms for their conduct, work ethic, punctuality and overall enthusiasm, whilst the Pastoral Team select students under the PROUD headings of Presentation, Respect, Organisation, Understanding and Determination. Numerous other subject certificates and prizes were also awarded across the school to students who have excelled or shown exceptional perseverance to succeed.
Celebrating the Achievements of our Students
Celebrating the Achievements of our Students
Celebrating the Achievements of our Students
Celebrating the Achievements of our Students

CCHS Relay for Life

CCHS Relay for Life
As part of our Religious, Ethical and Life-Long Learning day last week, every CCHS student had the opportunity to CCHS Relay for Lifesupport Cancer Research, as they ran 5km around the school field in our annual ‘Race for Life’. It was fantastic to see everyone actively participating in the ‘race’, be it running, jogging or walking the course. Each year group spent an hour outside and after a warm-up; they set off to complete the course. Everyone who finished received their own ‘Race for Life’ medal for completing the course. Many thanks to the students who helped with the warm-up, directed the runners around the course and giving out the medals.

Celebrating Student Attendance

Celebrating Student AttendanceAlong with the academic awards, students are also rewarded for unblemished attendance records. Alongside the monthly and termly rewards, we acknowledge those students who have achieved full attendance for the whole year; some have achieved two or more years at 100% attendance.

2 Years 100% - Year 8 - Alex, 8BNN; Owen, 8BNN; Leo, 8BOD; Connor, 8DEV; Troy, 8DEV; Adam, 8HOG; Ellie, 8HOG; Adam, 8MTT; Craig, 8MTT; Gwendoline, 8MTT; Alfie, 8SMA; Alfie, 8SMA; Mihaela, 8SMA; Colleen, 8STP; Myles, 8STP; William, 8STP and Daniel, 8WLS.
3 Years 100% - Year 9 - Sam, 9NEB; Jordan, 9RBS; Erin-Mai, 9HOE; Ethan, 9PTT; Jamie, 9RBS; Benjamin, 9RBS and Harry, 9RBS
4 Years 100% - Shannon, 10DAL; Wilf, 10DAL; Harrison, 10ELI; Peter, 10EVT; Damian, 10MUS; Samuel, 10BIN and Reghan, 10BIN
Celebrating Student Attendance
May we congratulate all those students with a 100% attendance record for the entire academic year and applaud all those who have maintained that record over subsequent years. NB. Not all of the students listed are pictured.

Tridan Engineering 50th Anniversary Competition

Tridan Engineering 50th Anniversary CompetitionOur Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) team are exceedingly fortunate to have teamed up with local company, Tridan Engineering, who are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year. This year the company’s engineers have helped the F24 Racing team overcome a number of problems and built a special heat sink for the team’s car.
Back in April, to celebrate their birthday, the company launched a ‘Vehicle of the Future’ competition, exclusively for CCHS students, with some fantastic prizes up for grabs. Over the past few months students across the school have been busy designing a vehicle that we will be using in 50 years, in 2068, with the hope of winning one of the special prizes; a number of them even put their heads together and entered a team design. Last weekend, the top designers were invited to attend the company’s 50th birthday celebration evening, where the directors announced the winners.
In the Key Stage 3 (Year 7 – 8) and Key Stage 4 (Year 9 – 11), the runners-up were presented with their own small drone with the winners collecting a large drone. During the special evening the company gave away over ten drones to CCHS students and the winning sixth form student walked away with a life changing prize.
Tridan Engineering 50th Anniversary CompetitionOllie Oughton was the big winner of the night. He worked on his design for weeks and was rightly chosen as the winner of the Key Stage 5 competition – his design revealed his flair for engineering and his prize was the opportunity of joining the Tridan team as an Apprentice Engineer. Congratulations to runners-up Jaimie Dice, Ellie Hart, Anna Hilton, Emilija Rasmine, Madison Sheppard, Cole Matthews and Elise Haynes along with the winning designs by Molly James, Larrisa Rush, Amy Serghiou and Shannon McInally.

F24 Racing Team Achieve Best Result EverF24 Racing Team Achieve Best Result Ever

Our F24 racing car team, (pictured right) were back in action recently for the final Formula 24 race of the academic year. They gave up part of their weekend to race the car at Ford Car’s test track at Dunton, near Basildon. The team spent their Saturday morning putting the car through its paces and making minor modifications to make it more competitive, throughout the practice session. The car was running well and they were quietly confident as the two afternoon races approached. As it was a very hot day, the team had their first real chance to test the new motor heat sink, made by our main sponsor Tridan Engineering.
F24 Racing Team Achieve Best Result Ever As seems to happen with every outing, the car had to be taken off the track twice during the first race with technical issues but, after some quick repairs by team mechanic Mr Poynter, the team managed to finish the race 19 out of 24 cars. The second race produced the team’s best result since they started racing. The team were competitive from beginning to end with the new heat sink playing its part exceptionally well to give the team a degree of extra speed. If it had not been for the compulsory, but slow, driver change, part way through the race, the team would have had a realistic chance of finishing in the top 5; eventually finishing 11 out of 24 cars, but 9th in their category.
F24 Racing Team Achieve Best Result EverThis race day was a great opportunity for the new members of the team, Patryk Rottenberg and Kieran Brown-Cook, to experience their first race behind the wheel. Both did a great job; throughout the day with Patryk spending over an hour on the track, across the two races. The whole CCHS F24 racing team would like to take the opportunity to say goodbye and thank you to their departing members; Year 11 students: Jay Green, Phil Palmer and Charlie Chandler, for all the hard work they have put in preparing and racing the car over the past 3 years. Well done team!

Geography Field Trip 2018Geography Field Trip 2018

A number of our Year 9 and 10 GCSE Geography students spent a long weekend at Osmington Bay near Weymouth at the end of June. The residential trip gave them an opportunity to focus on and recap a number of important GCSE topics, as well as the opportunity to explore. The group visited Durdle Door beach, with its famous rock arch, and Lulworth Cove along the Jurassic Coast. They conducted coastal studies of caves, stacks and arches and did field sketches to support their understanding. The geographers also visited sites along the River Wey, to observe the way in which the river’s long profile changed from source to mouth. Students were able to collect key data linking to each section of the river, wade through the river selecting pebbles for analysis, and use specialist equipment with trace dye to measure velocity at different points – all of which proved a real hit in the hot weather with many students happy to get wet without much persuasion!
Geography Field Trip 2018
Along with the topic revision the group also enjoyed activities such as orienteering, a giant swing, Jacob’s Ladder assault course, archery and raft building. These helped to build the students’ communication skills and enabled them to work together in different groups as a team. During the evening, the activities were linked with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), as the students successfully protected a water balloon from bursting when it was launched from the abseiling tower. They also took part in, what can only be described as, the most competitive game of Manhunt the Geography department has ever seen! All of the students were a credit to the school and enjoyed a fantastic and fun filled weekend.
Geography Field Trip 2018