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Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls is a highly successful school, judged by Ofsted in November 2017 as ‘Good’ in all categories.

Newsletter #6 20/21

Browse our Heads of Year newsletters for all the latest news for the 2 weeks ending 4th December.

 

Year 7

Year 8

It is hard to believe I am writing the penultimate newsletter of the winter term! This fortnight we have seen the launch of an exciting House competition and a wonderful new part of our tutor time programme, so read on for more information about what Year 8 have been getting up to.

Punctuality

Just a reminder to parents/carers and students that the whistle for Year 8 line up is blown at 8.40am. A second whistle is blown a few minutes later by which time all students must be in their tutor group line. Students not in their line by the second whistle are given a late mark which indicates they were late to line up. Lateness to line up in the morning is sanctioned with a 30min detention after school that day. Students need to be on school site and in the line-up area by 8.40am to ensure they aren’t late to line up with their tutor group.

Uniform and Jewellery

A brief reminder that outdoor scarves need to be navy blue, black or the school scarf. Scarves of any other colour will be confiscated.
 
Earrings must be small (no wider than 5mm diameter), be plain gold or silver (no diamante) and be studs worn one in each ear lobe. Earrings not meeting these requirements will be confiscated.
 
Facial piercings of any kind are not permitted.
 
Covering such jewellery with a plaster or replacing it with a plastic stud is not permitted. The school accepts no responsibility for any financial issues or risk of infection that arises when students are asked to remove piercings.
 
Jewellery such as bracelets, rings, necklaces (other than small, discreet religious symbol) are not permitted and will be confiscated when seen by staff. Confiscated jewellery is kept in the Headteacher’s PA’s office safe and won’t be returned until the end of term. Our full uniform policy can be found by clicking here.

Tutor Reads

From Monday 30th November, Year 8 have now joined the Tutor Reads programme and will be reading a whole class novel in tutor time on Mondays and Wednesdays. We all know the power reading has to develop cognitive skills of students. In every academic subject we know that our student’s success will be defined by their ability to read skilfully and fluently. But there’s more! Reading takes a student beyond the curriculum, beyond themselves, beyond their own world to places of adventure, places of greater understanding of people and ideas, places where their imagination shapes who they can become. It has been wonderful watching tutors read to their groups this week and we anticipate that every student will read at least 5 books through the programme this year. School Work at Home

Protocols for Year 8 students isolating

Due to current pandemic, we are aware that students are having to isolate for up to 2 weeks whilst awaiting Covid results or due to family members having Covid symptoms. If your daughter needs to isolate for any period of time please contact the school to inform us and your daughter should complete the lessons in her workbooks on line with her normal timetable. If your daughter has questions about the work she can contact her teachers via email and they will respond within 2 working days.

Hampers for the community

This is a great opportunity for us to support the community and to give back by putting together a Christmas hamper per tutor group. The student council will be deciding who we donate the hampers to in our Carshalton community.
 
We will run this as a House competition. We will judge the hampers within each year group. Here are some things that we would like to receive all with long shelf life left on them. No fresh or dairy products All should have long shelf life and all prepacked in their original packaging. NO NUTS.
 
Here are examples of items that can donated:
  • Tinned products 
  • Dried Pasta – plain and flavoured
  • Dried Noodles – Plain and flavoured 
  • Tinned and jar sauces 
  • Dried pulses and beans 
  • Dried mash potatoes 
  • Christmas Crackers 
  • Biscuits (plain and flavoured) chocolate covered icing covered all pre packed 
  • Pre packed cakes
  • Chocolate (all sorts)
  • Fruit cakes (Christmas or just fruit – plum puddings mince pies long life ones)
  • Crisps
  • Breakfast bars (NO NUTS)
  • Tea
  • Coffee – Jars or boxes
  • Dried milk (carnation etc.)
  • Long life milk and flavoured milk
  • Sugar cubes/small sugar bags
  • Toiletries
  • Hand cream - face cream body lotion
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Body washes
  • Hand wash & hand sanitiser
  • Bubble bath
  • Baths salts 
  • Box Sets
Thank you in advance for your support!

Environmental Inspiration The Woman’s Hour Power List 2020

Our Planet has been revealed! This year Woman’s Hour is celebrating 30 inspiring women whose work is making a significant positive contribution to the environment and the sustainability of our planet. The problems our planet is facing can feel overwhelming, but these women prove that everyone can make a difference in their own way through creativity, optimism and enthusiasm. This year's list is designed to reflect the huge range of roles that are essential to environmental work. Rather than a classic definition of power, the list is made up of an eco-system of women who have power in lots of different ways, but who are all essential in looking after the planet. Everyone on the list is based in the UK and falls into one of five categories: Decision-makers, Innovators, Communicators, Campaigners and Volunteers. This week I would like to feature 2 of the women from this list in the hope of inspiring our Year 10 community to continue doing their bit for the planet. Who knows- we could even be seeing some of our own Year 10 students names in this list in 10 years time!

Farhana Yamin Lawyer

Farhana Yamin is "a powerhouse of climate justice" according our judges, and has been advising leaders and countries on climate change and development policy for over 20 years. Her work as an Environmental Lawyer at the highest levels of climate negotiation is unparalleled. Farhana was an advisor to the Republic of the Marshall Islands for the 2015 Paris Agreement. She played a key role in building the High Ambition Coalition, which advances the climate-positive work of 35 countries, and founded Track 0 to provide strategic training and advice to government leaders, businesses and communities trying to become more sustainable. At the moment she’s working to empower people to bring about the changes they want to see at a local level, including setting up the Think and Do Community Climate and Eco Action pop-up in Camden where people can discuss ideas. She wants to prove that individuals really do have power when they work together.

Rosamund Kissi-Debrah Founder of The Ella Roberta Foundation

Rosamund is a tireless voice for clean air following the tragic death of her nine year old daughter Ella in 2013, from a series of severe asthma attacks. Reports linked Ella’s death to dangerously high levels of pollution near their London home and Rosamund has since become a powerful grassroots campaigner driving real change. She is now a World Health Organisation Advocate for Health and Air Quality, and works with the Mayor of London on the Healthy London Partnership. Her work has boosted the global conversation around air pollution, and has contributed to the Ultra-Low Emission Zone being expanded around London.
 
Thank you for your ongoing support

Miss Marshall and the Year 10 Team

Year 9

Let’s start with an update from the English Department on the excellent work being done in their lessons at the moment.
 
Year 9 have been studying a Shakespearean play, 'Much Ado About Nothing' or 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', this half term.
 
Students have been learning about:
  • What the theatre was like
  • The language and devices Shakespeare used to communicate meaning
  • The often complex plots
  • Becoming familiar with the characters created and their personalities
It is encouraging to see students discussing the plays even in their social time and experiencing their enthusiasm to be reading as a character and finding out what happens next when in the classroom.
 
All lessons are designed to help students develop skills required to complete mid and end of unit assessments successfully.

School Work at Home

At CHSG we have a number of online learning platforms in place in order to support students to complete homework and remote home learning. We understand that when parents/carers look buy or renew home computers it is useful to know the specifications required in order to run these school platforms. The minimum recommendation for home computers is below:
 

Student voice

We held our first student council meeting on Wednesday 11th November.
 
Items for discussion included the following:
  1. The behaviour system
  2. Booklets in lesson
  3. The House System and House names
  4. Golden Tickets
Our wonderful Year 9 school council reps, Catherine and Galia will ensure that Year 9 opinions are shared.
 
The items to be discussed at the next meeting on the 9th of December are as follows.
  1. House System- female role models to focus on this year.
  2. Covid-Protocol (any issues/ more precautions).
  3. Food in the Canteen
  4. Support for students (in terms of academic and wellbeing).
  5. Christmas Hampers- who to donate to in our Carshalton community?

Wellbeing support for our young people

As we approach Christmas, the holidays can be a source of great anxiety for some of our young people and their families. There is a lot of support available online which is confidential and free of charge.
 
Have a look at the video link below to learn more about Kooth, which is an amazing online emotional wellbeing and mental health support.
 

Golden Ticket Champions

  • Leora 9PK1
  • Tammy 9RW1
  • Mya 9PK1
Well done to all Year 9 students who have received Golden Tickets last week.

Supporting our local Community

This is a great opportunity for us to support the community and to give back by putting together a Christmas hamper per tutor group. The student council will be deciding who we donate the hampers to in our Carshalton community.
 
Here are examples of items that can donated:
  • Tinned products 
  • Dried Pasta – plain and flavoured
  • Dried Noodles – Plain and flavoured 
  • Tinned and jar sauces 
  • Dried pulses and beans 
  • Dried mash potatoes 
  • Christmas Crackers 
  • Biscuits (plain and flavoured) chocolate covered icing covered all pre packed 
  • Pre packed cakes
  • Chocolate (all sorts)
  • Fruit cakes (Christmas or just fruit – plum puddings mince pies long life ones)
  • Crisps
  • Breakfast bars (NO NUTS)
  • Tea
  • Coffee – Jars or boxes
  • Dried milk (carnation etc.)
  • Long life milk and flavoured milk
  • Sugar cubes/small sugar bags
  • Toiletries
  • Hand cream - face cream body lotion
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Body washes
  • Hand wash & hand sanitiser
  • Bubble bath
  • Baths salts 
  • Box Sets
Thank you in advance for your support!

Mrs N Devaney and the Year 9 Team

Year 10

It has been another busy and productive 2 weeks for Year 10; students have been busily embarking on their new topics/units in lessons. Unfortunately, we had another confirmed case of Covid 19 in year 10 which resulted in a number of identified students having to self-isolate again. We are really looking forward to welcoming these students back today. The students have continued to impress everyone with their resilience and conduct during this difficult time.

School Work at Home

At CHSG we have a number of online learning platforms in place in order to support students to complete homework and remote home learning. We understand that when parents/carers look buy or renew home computers it is useful to know the specifications required in order to run these school platforms. The minimum recommendation for home computers is below:

School Reports

I hope you have all received and had a chance to go through the latest school subject reports sent home. There is certainly a lot to be proud of in the year group. It is important students are familiar with the targets that have been set by their classroom teachers and are proactive in trying to achieve these.

Student Council Meeting

Our wonderful Year 10 school council reps, Jessica and Lily will ensure that Year 10 opinions are shared.
 
The items to be discussed at the next meeting on the 9th of December are as follows.
 
  1. House System- female role models to focus on this year.
  2. Covid-Protocol (any issues/ more precautions).
  3. Food in the Canteen
  4. Support for students (in terms of academic and wellbeing).
  5. Christmas Hampers- who to donate to in our Carshalton community?

Golden Ticket Winners

It has been wonderful to see so many of our students being successful in lessons and being rewarded with Golden Tickets; over 64 students received Golden Tickets over the fortnight which is fantastic! There is 1 Golden Ticket available in every lesson taught across the school day and they are awarded to recognise students that demonstrate exceptional learning. We would like to especially recognise and congratulate the following students:
  • Jasleen Kaur G 10RW2
  • Bethan P 10HL1
  • Tamara S 10PK2
  • Deon N 10RW2

Christmas Hamper

This is a great opportunity for us to support the community and to give back by putting together a Christmas hamper per tutor group. The student council will be deciding who we donate the hampers to in our Carshalton community.
 
Here are examples of items that can donated:
  • Tinned products 
  • Dried Pasta – plain and flavoured
  • Dried Noodles – Plain and flavoured 
  • Tinned and jar sauces 
  • Dried pulses and beans 
  • Dried mash potatoes 
  • Christmas Crackers 
  • Biscuits (plain and flavoured) chocolate covered icing covered all pre packed 
  • Pre packed cakes
  • Chocolate (all sorts)
  • Fruit cakes (Christmas or just fruit – plum puddings mince pies long life ones)
  • Crisps
  • Breakfast bars (NO NUTS)
  • Tea
  • Coffee – Jars or boxes
  • Dried milk (carnation etc.)
  • Long life milk and flavoured milk
  • Sugar cubes/small sugar bags
  • Toiletries
  • Hand cream - face cream body lotion
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Body washes
  • Hand wash & hand sanitiser
  • Bubble bath
  • Baths salts 
  • Box Sets
Thank you in advance for your support!

Year 11

It has been a busy couple of weeks here at CHSG, but in the midst of it all, we have had reason to reflect as well as celebrate within the year group. Below is a brief update of all the activities and events that have been, and will be, taking place.

Covid Update

Though some students in the year group have had to isolate, we are impressed with the calm and mature approach adopted by the whole year group, as they quickly adapted to changes in how lessons have had to be run. Students have been accessing lessons alongside their peers in school, via Microsoft Teams, which has proved successful and beneficial to ensure learning is occurring. We endeavour to keep providing quality support and education for all students during this time.

Laptop specification details: School work at home

At CHSG we have a number of online learning platforms in place in order to support students to complete homework and remote home learning. We understand that when parents/carers look, buy or renew home computers it is useful to know the specifications required in order to run these school platforms. The minimum recommendation for home computers is below:

Hampers for the community

This is a great opportunity for us to support the community and to give back by putting together a Christmas hamper per tutor group. The student council will be deciding who we donate the hampers to in our Carshalton community.
 
Here are examples of items that can donated:
  • Tinned products 
  • Dried Pasta – plain and flavoured
  • Dried Noodles – Plain and flavoured 
  • Tinned and jar sauces 
  • Dried pulses and beans 
  • Dried mash potatoes 
  • Christmas Crackers 
  • Biscuits (plain and flavoured) chocolate covered icing covered all pre packed 
  • Pre packed cakes
  • Chocolate (all sorts)
  • Fruit cakes (Christmas or just fruit – plum puddings mince pies long life ones)
  • Crisps
  • Breakfast bars (NO NUTS)
  • Tea
  • Coffee – Jars or boxes
  • Dried milk (carnation etc.)
  • Long life milk and flavoured milk
  • Sugar cubes/small sugar bags
  • Toiletries
  • Hand cream - face cream body lotion
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Body washes
  • Hand wash & hand sanitiser
  • Bubble bath
  • Baths salts 
  • Box Sets
Thank you in advance for your support!

Laptop specification details: School work at home

At CHSG we have a number of online learning platforms in place in order to support students to complete homework and remote home learning. We understand that when parents/carers look, buy or renew home computers it is useful to know the specifications required in order to run these school platforms. The minimum recommendation for home computers is below:

Kooth

Kooth is a free online counselling and emotional wellbeing support service providing young people aged 11-22 years in Sutton with a free, safe and secure means of accessing support with their emotional health and wellbeing from a professional team of qualified counsellors.
 
Useful information:
A short video has been produced to explain how the service can help: https://youtu.be/uPZyazfHTvI
 
See below for a guide on how to sign up for children and young people.
 

Jack Petchey

The following students were nominated for the Jack Petchey Gold 2020 Award, which recognises individuals who have gone above and beyond, and have been influential in their communities.
The winners are:
 
Natania A for being an excellent member of the school community; willing to support her teachers and her peers; representing the school at events and guiding younger students. Natania has never shied away from sacrificing her own time and energy to help others and it is important that we support and celebrate her achievements.
 
Lila G for always being keen to represent the school through her creative talents. A dancer inside and outside of school, Lila overcame nerves to lead the school production of ‘Legally Blonde’.

Golden ticket

The following students achieved the most Golden Tickets in Year 11 between 16th - 27th November:
  • Helan A
  • Johdion J
  • Natania A
  • Vasuky V
Congratulations to all students! Keep up the good work and exceptional learning.

Final words

It goes without saying that Year 11 have been demonstrating exceptional resilience and commitment to their studies. They have been taking advantage of intervention sessions and understanding how to use their time wisely. We would like to thank you for the continual support and encouragement you are providing at home. Please continue to communicate with school if you have any queries or bring to our attention, the achievements of your child. Lastly, there is an opportunity for your child to join the Young Champion Group, who work collaboratively to bring about change to those in the community .If you know your child would be interested, then do encourage them to follow up on how to sign up.
 

Sixth Form

Another week has flown by and the students are nearing the end of this term. We would like to say well done for their work and behaviour during the Year 13 PPEs and Year 12 exams last week. They should be proud of their commitment to their studies thus far.
 
This is the time students now need to reflect and set targets; so they have clear focus in their studies. They should build their resilience and knowledge to understand that there is more than one way to achieve what they want. How do they do this? Open their minds to other possibilities. Be resolved to listen to other points of view and to have the wisdom to listen to advice.

Quote of the Week

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”                                  Malcolm X
 
The BBC 100 Women returns in 2020 with its list of 100 inspirational and influential women. In a year of incredible change, it is only fitting that we acknowledge the female leaders who have helped us weather the storm. Click here for more information

Careers

Insight to Vodafone: Thursday 10th December, 5pm - 6pm
  • An exclusive insight to one of the world’s largest telecoms giants with £44billion in revenue
  • Fast tracks for their technology apprenticeship programmes
  • Open to all Y13 students looking to do an apprenticeship in Technology
  • Parents are welcome to join
  • *Please note this is going to be a very interactive session, cameras and microphones will be enabled for you to fully participate
  • Limited spaces (30 spots only!)

Career and Work Experience Opportunities

Insight to Vodafone: Thursday 10th December, 5pm - 6pm
  • An exclusive insight to one of the world’s largest telecoms giants with £44billion in revenue
  • Fast tracks for their technology apprenticeship programs
  • Open to all Y13 students looking to do an apprenticeship in Technology
  • Parents are welcome to join
  • *Please note this is going to be a very interactive session, cameras and microphones will be enabled for you to fully participate
  • Limited spaces (30 spots only!)

New Virtual Work Experience Opportunities

VWEX Understanding the world of work - Design and Construction Management - Glenman

  • Dates: 14th - 18th December 2020
  • Mon, Wed, Friday 9:30-15:00
  • Age: 17+
  • Application Deadline: 8th December 2020

Virtual Work Experience – A week at Spotify

  • Dates: 15th - 19th February 2021
  • 10:00 – 15:00
  • Age: 16+
  • Application Deadline: 25th December 2020

Virtual Work Experience with Portland Communications

  • Dates: 15th - 19th February 2021
  • Age: 16+
  • Application Deadline: 15th January 2021

VWEX The Office of Communications- Ofcom

  • Dates: 15th - 19th February 2021
  • Age: 16+
  • Application Deadline: 15th January 2021

UCAS

Once students have sent their applications, please encourage your daughter/son to look at the following websites:
Track their applications
Decisions and offers
Interviews
Student Finance
Applications for full-time undergraduate student finance are expected to open at the end of February. Follow Student Finance England on Facebook and Twitter - they will tell you when to apply.
 
Any student following a different post 18 pathway will be meeting with Mrs Phelps-Gardiner, our careers advisor, to help them explore their appropriate pathway.

School Work at Home

At CHSG we have a number of online learning platforms in place in order to support students to complete homework and remote home learning. We understand that when parents/carers look buy or renew home computers it is useful to know the specifications required in order to run these school platforms. The minimum recommendation for home computers is below:

Wellbeing

There are many websites that your daughter/son can access to help their wellbeing. Please encourage them to take a look at the following:
Place2be
How to protect your mental health
Free Safe and anonymous support for your mental wellbeing
Stephen Fry helping with Anxiety

Head of Year 12

I am delighted to inform you that I have been appointed as your new Head of Year. Some of you may know that I acted as Deputy Head of Sixth Form last year and so I am thrilled to be back working with the team and put my experience to good use. I look forward to propelling the role of Sixth Form students forward, partly with the aid of the student leadership programme, as it is vital that we assume our position as role models for Years 7 to 11 and also for you to act as representatives of CHSG in our local community. I am sure you are mindful that there are various groups in our community that are finding these unprecedented times difficult and we need to play a key part in helping those that are vulnerable.
 
I also look forward to hearing from you. I want to know what we can do to make your experience at Sixth Form the best it can possibly be.
 
I have heard such amazing comments about you as a year group: your friendly approach, your excellent attitude to learning and your attentive work ethic. Therefore, I cannot wait to represent you as a year group and get to you know you better in the coming weeks, and for you to get to know me. We must recognise the power in teamwork - each of us has a vital role to play in striving for success in your studies in Sixth Form.

Miss Cherry, Head of Year 12

Thank you again for your continued support.
#teamchsg.
 
Please don't hesitate to contact your daughter/son's tutor with any questions or concerns that you have, and they will be glad to help or please email us.
 

Miss Bevan and Miss Cherry

Head of Year 13 and Head of Year 12