Good afternoon CHS Parents

 

I hope this email finds you all well and enjoying this beautiful weather.

This week started with colourful images of Carp fish decorated throughout the school in recognition of ‘Japanese Children’s Day’.  A big thank you to Hannah M, Olympia and Mrs Moar for providing the beautiful decorations and to Mrs Desborough who encouraged our Art Clubbers to create their own Coy Carp streamers.  We were also delighted to have Mrs Moar join us as a guest speaker in our UNICEF assembly on Tuesday.

 

REMINDERS

As we are now in May, the children should be dressed in their summer uniform.  We have a second hand uniform on 10 May, please see details below, where you may find any items that have proven difficult to obtain from Perry’s.

 

UPCOMING DATES FOR THE DIARY

2nd hand uniform sale on Tuesday 10 May from 8.15am

We will be holding a second hand uniform sale in the dining room on the date above.  If you do have second hand uniform, please ensure this is brought in clean on Monday 9 May so we can organise for the following morning.  Once again, we will be having an Honesty Box with the proceeds going to: https://www.unicef.org.uk/donate/donate-now-to-protect-children-in-ukraine/

Godstone Farm Visit on Tuesday 10 May

Junior One, Form One and Form Two will be leaving school by 8:30am and returning to school at around 3:30pm. Please ensure that children arrive at school by 8am.

The children should wear their uniform. If it is hot then please ensure that they have their sun hats and have had sun cream with adequate protection applied before coming into school. If it is raining we will be bringing their park coats and park shoes.

The children will need to bring in a packed lunch in a labelled disposable bag with a bottle of water. Please ensure that there are NO NUTS present in any of the food as several of our children have serious nut allergies.

 

Hever Castle Visit on Thursday 12 May

Form Six will be visiting Hever Castle on Thursday 12 May, details to follow.

Jubilee Celebration on Thursday 26 May

We will be celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee on the above date at CHS and invite the children to arrive at school wearing either red, white and blue OR come dressed to represent a particular decade from the Queen’s reign, i.e. from the 1950’s onwards.

Maths Competition Success

Hampstead in North London was the scenic venue for the first round of a national Maths competition on Thursday. A squad of four intrepid Key Stage Two Mathematicians wended their way through some of London’s leafy suburbs to pit their Maths expertise against seventeen other teams selected from a range of top London Prep Schools. The competition has been going for several decades and comprises thirty tantalising questions ranging from Algebra to Accountancy and from Fractions to the Fibonacci sequence.

Our side of Hannah Z, Alexandra, Adiel and Riddhi started the competition like an express train, getting the first ten questions correct and opening up a short lead on our hosts: UCS school. Gradually though the questions became more challenging and, with calculators strictly forbidden, the pressure began to mount. To their credit, the team remained in the top echelons of the scoreboard, finishing a creditable fifth out of eighteen and with a mammoth total of 1462 points. This points tally may be enough to see them through to the semi-finals which take place online at the end of May.

Successful ISA Creative Writing Competition

Creative Writing is the backbone of many 11+ tests and features highly within each year group’s daily English lesson. Having an inquiring mind, selecting challenging vocabulary and being able to use descriptive techniques are all skills that pupils need to accumulate.

In the middle of March several pupils from Form Six entered the ISA’s national Creative Writing competition. This was open to pupils from both Primary and Secondary schools in the ISA network. Pupils were judged in their respective age groups. For Form Six, the challenge included writing an original imaginative essay using guidance given by the ISA’s English department. After several weeks of deliberations, Amara from Form Six was awarded second place in her category, a phenomenal achievement in a national competition.

Amara’s story was called Mysterious Matilda and can be read on the ISA website at: https://www.isaschools.org.uk/arts/creative-writing/essay

One of the ISA judges said of Amara’s essay: ‘I was particularly impressed by how Amara’s varied style sustains interest. A wide variety of sentence types are used confidently to create the narrative.’

What an outstanding achievement!

 

THIS WEEK’S GOLD STARS GO TO:

Junior One: Niko this week for trying really hard to apply his phonics knowledge to his written work!

Form One:  Michael for always trying hard, being polite and showing great team work!

Form Two: Allegra for her creative drawing of the ‘storm sound’ words!

Form Three: ​Ethan for an excellent spelling in his story!

Form Four: Tao for her amazing badminton skills!

Form Five: Hannah M. for carefully drawn graphs and analysis in Science!

Form Six: Amara for her award winning ISA Creative Writing essay!

Have a wonderful sunny weekend,