There is a hint of longer days starting to appear which is bringing a really nice balance to our school day!
High expectation remains the central feature of who we are as a school and it’s great to see so many students smiling and saying ‘good morning’ to our staff when they arrive and ‘goodbye’ on their way home. Getting these basics right is having an enormous positive impact on our school culture and forms part of our “Excellence: everywhere, every day” standard. Like the longer days, long may it last!
The cast and crew of our Matilda production have been rehearsing and preparing for their two shows throughout the past few weeks. The students have worked incredibly hard to make this the best show ever, and having had a sneaky peek at it they have definitely achieved their goal! We invited a number of our local primary schools to attend the matinée performances and the visitors really enjoyed spending time here at Carshalton High School for Girls.
Year 11 Careers Day
It’s all go for Year 11 at the moment. Following hot on the heels of their first round of centre examinations we held a Careers morning on Tuesday 22nd February. The focus of the morning was to ensure all of our students have clear plans for September 2022. Speaking of which, we have had the highest number of applications into the Sixth Form from our students ever which is fantastic to see! There are a series of events occurring between now and the end of the academic year to get all the students who have applied prepared for life after their GCSEs. The current Year 11 are a fantastic, hard-working and funny year group and I look forward to welcoming so many of them back in September.
Year 7 Parents Consultation
We held our first Parents Consultation with the newest members of #teamchsg on Thursday 24th February. It was wonderful to hear so many positive comments about life in Year 7 and the progress the students are making. The feedback we have from parents/carers has been extraordinary and we are really impressed with the year group’s determination to learn and be involved in the full school life.
Culture Awareness Day
Today is one of our Culture Awareness Days, which forms part of a wider celebration of our nature as a diverse and inclusive school. We will be running assemblies, stalls celebrating different cultural backgrounds, cultural dress, tutor time activities, a fashion show and competitions. More details will follow in our next Newsletter but please take a look at our social media sites for highlights throughout the day.
International Women’s Day
We will be celebrating International Women's Day throughout next week with the main events being planned for Tuesday 8th March. We will hold assemblies all week and there will be focus on influential women in each subject lesson throughout Tuesday. The theme this year is #Breakthebias. You can find out more about the day via the link below. Again, please check out our social media for events throughout the week.
Visiting the School
I must make it clear to all parents/carers that if you wish to speak to a member of my Senior Leadership Team you must have a pre-arranged appointment. My team are not usually sat in offices but instead are in and out of classrooms, monitoring the culture and quality of teaching and learning as well being on duty at both break and lunchtime. It is impossible for them therefore to be available upon request.
Instead, our Office Team will ask for one of our Pastoral Support Officers or the Head of Year/Deputy Head of Year to meet with parents/carers who arrive at reception without an appointment. They have overall responsibility for the year group and they know your daughter better than anyone else, so they are best placed to deal with any situation. They will triage the matter and let Senior Leaders know if necessary.
Finally, a reminder that Tuesday 19th April (apologies I got the date wrong in our last newsletter) is a ‘work from home’ day for students. Staff will be in school but students should remain at home and complete the work that has been set for them. Work will be set on MS Teams for students to complete and we will send out further details and reminders over the next half-term. Please add this date to your diary.
Have a lovely weekend