Parent News

Summer Term 2019
Friday 12th July 2019

Last Week of Term

Last Week of TermThere is now only one week until we finish the summer term and the 2018-2019 academic year concludes. School will finish at 12.55pm next Friday after Lesson 3, signifying the start of the summer holiday. As is tradition, the last day of term will be a non-uniform day in aid of charity; we recommend a £1 donation for the privilege of not wearing school uniform for the day. This term we are raising money to help Oakley’s Gift, a charity set up in memory of Oakley who passed away at Colchester Hospital. Oakley’s Gift raise money to help the Bereavement Services at Colchester as they rely heavily on donations. Students should bring in their contributions ahead of the final day and hand to their form tutors throughout next week.

STEM Discovery - Crest Awards

At the start of May, a number of our Year 9 students took part in a special STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) day run by our STEM partner, the Smallpeice Trust. The students were tasked with designing and building a boat, powered by a turbine or jet pump, which they tested in the school pool. A number of students were identified as having an aptitude for the challenge or engaged with the design problem, working hard to ensure their team produced a working model.
STEM Discovery - Crest Awards
This week these students were presented with a prestigious Crest Discovery Award – a nationally recognised scheme for student-led project work in the STEM subjects. The CREST scheme helps inspire young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers – our winners certainly did. Well done to them all!

School of Rock – Next Week

Do not forget that, although it is the last week of term, there is still a treat in store with the second CCHS musical of 2019. The cast of ‘School of Rock’ are busy with final rehearsals ahead of the opening night next Tuesday, 16th July, followed by the final show on the Wednesday. Tickets are available to purchase on-line priced £8.

Swim Safety over the Summer

Swim Safety over the SummerWe have been featuring a number of water safety messages recently, on the lead up to the summer holidays. The big message is to be aware that open water - the sea, rivers, lakes, reservoirs and flooded quarry pits - are much colder than any swimming pool; visibility underwater is reduced and currents, tides and river weed, affect your ability to swim and stay safe. Cold water shock can seriously affect anyone’s capability to survive after falling into open water.
‘Give Yourself a Floating Chance’
• Fight your instincts to thrash around
• Lean back, extend your arms and legs
• If you need to, gently move your arms and legs to help you float
• Float until you can control your breathing
• Only then call for help or try to swim to safety
Swim Safety over the Summer


To give students an opportunity to learn how to stay safe whilst swimming in the sea, the local RNLI, in conjunction with Swim England, are running a number of FREE Swim Safe sessions on the beach by the Clacton Swim Safety over the SummerLifeboat station.
The sessions fall at the start of our summer holiday, from Monday 22nd to Wednesday 24th July, and would be a great way to start the six-week holiday - learning how to stay safe on the beach and in the sea over the summer. Anyone, up to the age of 14 can participate – just book a place on