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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 #4 20/21

Read about our students' activities during the fortnight ending 6th November.

Year 7

We were delighted to welcome back our Year 7 students after Half Term, and they have settled back into school tremendously well. We recognise there continue to be issues with road works and associated traffic outside of school, but even so, punctuality has been excellent. I congratulated the girls this morning on their organisation, particularly regarding uniform and equipment, which has been outstanding this week; they should be very proud of themselves.

It should also be noted that the girls are being extremely sensible about the use of face coverings and the need to sanitise hands even more often due to the process of putting on and removing them. Thank you for the support that you are putting in place at home to ensure that this is done well.

FINEST Behaviour

Mr Devenney’s assembly this week included a reminder to the students about our lesson expectations and the encouragement to show their FINEST behaviour. The poster we have on display for the girls to refer to is shown below. We have been really pleased with the focus shown by students in lessons so far and look forward to the girls continuing to show their commitment to their learning.

Golden Ticket

We are really excited to launch our new Golden Ticket to reward excellence and recognise excellent learning and learning attitudes in lessons- we have a great deal to celebrate! Each member of staff will award ONE Golden Ticket each lesson. This can be for excellent work, effort or attitude to learning or improvement in class. The rewards are reviewed each week and Mr Devenney will award a certificate to the student in each year group with the most Golden Tickets for that week. We have encouraged the girls to keep their tickets in their lanyards and show them to their Tutors, and you, with pride!

Student Leadership

You will remember that towards the end of last half term, we elected our Student Voice Leaders for each Tutor Group. Two of these Student Voice Leaders will represent Year 7 on the School Council. We will be having our first School Council meeting in a few weeks.  This is an excellent opportunity for the girls to give us their feedback and share ideas about the school and their learning. Their input is really important to us. All girls in post will be receiving badges shortly so we can recognise them in school.

Finally thank you for your continued support of your daughter as she settles into CHSG. We are noticing students are much more proactive about seeking support or advice if they have questions or concerns so please do encourage them to speak to their Tutor with anything they would like clarification on or with any questions or difficulties.

Kind regards

Miss Stanley and the Year 7 Team

 

Year 9

We have welcomed back Year 9 this week after Half Term to even more changes and challenges!

I am delighted to say that the girls continue to impress with their mature attitudes to these new challenges. As always we rely on parents to help us with keeping the girls focussed on their learning despite these bizarre and often very difficult times.

Masks

At present I am asking that you ensure that your daughter has a mask or 2 and hand sanitiser with her every day.

If your daughter is choosing to wear the disposable masks please impress upon her the importance of disposing these safely at the end of each day. 

The majority of the students are wearing a mask as instructed as they move around the corridors, if for any reason your daughter should not wear a mask please do email me to let me know.

Golden Ticket

On a more positive note we have introduced a new rewards system at school to encourage excellence in all areas.

We are really excited to launch our new Golden Ticket to reward excellence and recognise excellent learning and learning attitudes in lessons- we have a great deal to celebrate!

Staff will award a Golden Ticket can be for excellent work, effort or attitude to learning or improvement in class.

Heads of Year will review the rewards each week and Mr Devenney will award a certificate each week to the student in each year group with the most Golden Tickets for that week. All rewards will be recorded centrally.

Tickets can be kept in the student’s lanyards and shared with you!

School Council

At the end of half term, girls were being elected to represent their forms as either a student Voice representative or school council member.

We will be having our first school council meeting in a few weeks, this is an excellent opportunity for the girls to give us their feedback and share ideas about the school and their learning. Their input is really important to us.

All girls in post will be receiving badges shortly so we can recognise them in school.

Looking at the news it is easy at this time to forget how lucky we are at Carshalton Girls. It is an excellent school with dedicated staff and some thoroughly fantastic young people coming through our doors each day. For some of us it is a safe haven away from the uncertainty of this National Lockdown.

Our objectives at school remain as they always have been; encourage the girls to achieve their very best and inspire them to learn.

Please see below a copy of our “Finest” expectations. Please do go through these with your daughters at your earliest convenience

Many thanks

Mrs Devaney, Head of Year 9

Year 10

We have welcomed back Year 10 this week after Half Term. I hope all students had a relaxing break and are ready to embark on the next half-term. It has been lovely to hear what students have been up to.

Foodbank

Over the half term, I donated to a Foodbank that was set up at my local supermarket. Whilst, your own lives might be busy, it is important to remember that others are struggling to provide for themselves (and their families). As a result of COVID-19, many people have lost their jobs or are on furlough, meaning that some, sadly, are struggling because they do not have a substantial amount of money to live on.

Recently, 321 MPs voted against providing free school meals for children that are eligible, during school holidays, despite the fact that so many children rely on these free school meals each day. So now, more than ever, Foodbanks are in need of more supplies so they can provide food for people who need it in the community. Foodbanks will often leave a list of items they need at the entrance of supermarkets or list what they need on their websites. Sometimes teams from the local Foodbank will set up a stand in the shop or, more commonly, after checkouts there will be large boxes to add in donations.

The items they request are usually never expensive with most items usually being £1.50 or less. The list of items varies depending on what the Foodbanks' needs are at that time. No matter how big or small the item or items donated are they will always be so grateful for it. Something as simple as an 80p tin of baked beans can make a difference to somebody’s life and can help put a meal on the table for them and their family. I hope that after reading this you are inspired to donate to a local Foodbank if you in the position to do so.

Erin  -  10PK1

Face Masks

As we start this new term I would like to remind everyone that all students, unless they are exempt, should be wearing a face mask and have hand sanitiser with them every day. The majority of the students are wearing a mask as instructed as they move around the corridors, if for any reason your child should not wear a mask please do email me to let me know. Where possible, we will be holding a small stock of masks in school for students who forget to bring one.

If your child is choosing to wear the disposable masks please impress upon them the importance of disposing these safely at the end of each day. We need to work together on this for the good of everybody.

Uniform

Uniform on the whole is looking extremely smart and I thank you all for your continued support with this. It is important that all students have the correct equipment with them as any missing items will need to be replaced. Money from lanyards will be given to a local charity.

Lanyards- £2 (money given to year leader)

Please can I remind everyone that nose piercings are not allowed in school and will be confiscated until the end of half-term

Golden Tickets

We are really excited to launch our new Golden Ticket to reward excellence and recognise excellent learning and learning attitudes in lessons- we have a great deal to celebrate!

Staff will award a Golden Ticket can be for excellent work, effort or attitude to learning or improvement in class.

Heads of Year will review the rewards each week and Mr Devenney will award a certificate each week to the student in each year group with the most Golden Tickets for that week. All rewards will be recorded centrally.

Congratulations to the following students who have the most so far this week:

Gabriella - 10RD1, Bella - 10PK1, Kaylia - 10RD1, Evie - 10RW2 and Natalie - 10RD2

Tickets can be kept in the student’s lanyards and shared with you!

Student Leadership

At the end of half term, girls were selected to represent their forms as either student Voice representative or school council member. A big well done to all the girls involved in this process!

We will be having our first school council meeting in a few weeks, this is an excellent opportunity for the girls to give us their feedback and share ideas about the school and their learning. Their input is really important to us.

All girls in post will be receiving badges shortly so we can recognise them in school.

Our objectives at school remain as they always have been; encourage the girls to achieve their very best and inspire them to learn.

Please see below a copy of our “Finest” expectations. Please do go through these with your daughters at your earliest convenience.

Kind regards

Miss Marshall, Ms Johnson and the Year 10 Team

 

Year 11

We have welcomed back Year 11 this week after Half Term to even more changes and challenges!

The introduction of the Mock GCSE examinations come at a time of heightened anxiety for all students, parents and teachers alike; however, our Year 11 students have shown exemplary levels of excellence in their preparation and management of them. Our students have been dedicated with their revision, their support for each other and the awareness of each other’s mental and physical health. The Year group have acted with maturity when entering the exam hall and have worked with all staff involved, to make this week run as smoothly as possible. I want to say a big thank you and well done to all students.

To continue to support all our Year 11 students we have created a share point page which they should all have access to via their school emails. On here they will receive video tutorials, tips and techniques on how to prepare for the impending GCSE exams. The majority of students accessed this site during half term and it seems that it has really helped those who have used it. I would strongly recommend that you sit with your child and go through this page with them. There is a bank of valuable resources that will benefit all students and parents in the run up to the GCSE exams in the summer.

Golden Tickets

We are really excited to launch our new Golden Ticket to reward excellence and recognise excellent learning and learning attitudes in lessons- we have a great deal to celebrate!

Staff will award a Golden Ticket can be for excellent work, effort or attitude to learning or improvement in class.

Heads of Year will review the rewards each week and Mr Devenney will award a certificate each week to the student in each year group with the most Golden Tickets for that week. All rewards will be recorded centrally.

Tickets can be kept in the student’s lanyards and shared with you!

Student Council

As you are aware, at the end of half term, girls were being elected to represent their forms as either Student Voice representative or School Council member. A big well done to all the girls involved in this process! We will be having our first school council meeting in a few weeks, this is an excellent opportunity for the girls to give us their feedback and share ideas about the school and their learning. Their input is really important to us. All girls in posts will be receiving badges shortly so we can recognise them in school.

Pastoral Programme

In addition to the above, we will be starting our Post-16 pastoral programme from next week. On Monday we will start assessing each student and seeing how far they have progressed in their journey to 6th form/college. From here we will introduce our highly established and respected Sixth Form, look at other institutions and arrange for meetings with the students to discuss A-levels, university courses and career goals. We will be pressing on the students the importance of continuing their education in the in the right capacity for them as an individual. Once again we call on all parents/carers to help us with this process. At home you can sit with your child and research the courses that would interest them, show them the Sixth Form induction video (which can be found at the following link: https://www.chsg.org.uk/page/?title=Admissions+and+Course+Information&pid=389) and assist them in their application (which can also be found on the same link). Applications for our CHSG Sixth Form are open now and will close on the 27th November

Stay Safe 2

Amongst all this positivity, we are entering another national lockdown and time of confusion. To continue and enhance the efforts of protecting each other from this virus I am asking that you ensure that your child has a mask or 2 and hand sanitiser with them every day. If your child is choosing to wear the disposable masks please impress upon them the importance of disposing these safely at the end of each day. We also require all students to use the sanitiser, and bottle, provided and wear their school lanyard. If these are lost or broken please ask your child to come and get a replacement from me. 

The majority of the students are wearing a mask as instructed as they move around the corridors, if for any reason your child is not in a position to wear a mask please do email me to let me know. This could be for medical or mental health concerns.

I am delighted to say that the girls continue to impress with their mature attitudes to these new challenges. As always we rely on parents to help us with keeping the girls focussed on their learning despite these bizarre and often very difficult times.

Finally, our objectives at school remain as they always have been; encourage the girls to achieve their very best and inspire them to learn.

Please see below a copy of our “Finest” expectations. Please do go through these with your child/children at your earliest convenience.

Kind regards

Mr J Stockwell, Head of Year 11

Sixth Form

I hope that you all enjoyed a restful half term. It has been great to be back at school and working with the Sixth Form, it has been a busy week and the Year 12 and 13 have returned with a clear focus and positive attitudes.

Exams

It was really encouraging to see so many Year 13 girls in over our 2-week half term, attending the revision sessions. We have the year 13 Mock exams and year 12 exams 23rd-27th November. As you can imagine, all these exams are important, and it is essential the students are preparing now for these exams. I am in the process of organising exam booklets to support the students with their exams and exam preparation and will share these next week.

Golden Ticket

We are really excited to launch our new Golden Ticket to reward excellence and recognise excellent learning and learning attitudes in lessons- we have a great deal to celebrate!

Staff will award a Golden Ticket can be for excellent work, effort or attitude to learning or improvement in class.

Heads of Year will review the rewards each week and Mr Devenney will award a certificate each week to the student in each year group with the most Golden Tickets for that week. All rewards will be recorded centrally.

Student Leadership

At the end of half term, girls were elected to represent their forms as either student Voice representative or school council member. A big well done to all the girls involved in this process!

We will be having our first school council meeting in a few weeks; this is an excellent opportunity for the girls to give us their feedback and share ideas about the school and their learning. Their input is important to us.

All girls in post will be receiving badges shortly so we can recognise them in school.

Attendance

All students are expected to be in school unless they are isolating under the following criteria:

  • have had symptoms or a positive test result themselves
  • live with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive
  • are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19) and are requested to do so by NHS Test and Trace or the PHE advice service

If this is the case, students are expected to follow the guidelines from Public Health England regards the length of their self-isolation.

In these circumstances, the school will provide remote learning via Show My Homework

We cannot authorise any other absence due to Covid-19 concerns and work will not be set.

More information can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-in-the-autumn-term#attendance

Face Masks

A letter went to parents on Friday 16th October from our CEO, that students must wear facemasks in communal areas and corridors between lessons, but not classrooms as per the latest guidance from DfE.  This is also the case for staff.  Posters have been created for the students about the safest method to put on and remove masks.

High Expectations

We continue to strive for excellence throughout the school and focus on FINEST now to support this.

Thank you again for your continued support. We are now looking to continue to build on the positive start as we approach half term. #teamchsg.

Please do not 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 me.

Kind regards,

Mrs B Norman, Assistant Headteacher/Director of Sixth Form