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Principal's Bulletin - Friday 23 June

Please see below our Principal's Bulletin for w/e Friday 23 June.

Principal's Bulletin

Friday 23 June 2023

Lots to report this week, with a number of our students taking their learning outside the classroom on one of our many educational trips taking place.

Looking back to last Friday, a group of students from Key Stage 3 visited Sponne School to take part in a Carnegie Shadowing day. These students used their own time to read the six books nominated for this year's Yoto Carnegie Award and discussed what they enjoyed about them.

At Sponne, we shared our ideas with other students from the other schools and the CCS students represented the school intelligently, thoughtfully and insightfully. 

In a quiz about all 6 books, our students scored 41 ½ out of 44, an excellent score that reflects how well they had engaged with the plots and ideas.  Mrs Howes, Mrs Coe and Miss Davidson were very proud with the way in which they conducted themselves throughout the day.

With their bags packed and lots of smiling faces, our Year 6 parents waved their children off on Monday morning, ready for an exciting week ahead on their residential! While the children eagerly awaited their ferry to the sunny Isle of Wight later in the day, the group got to explore the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and stepped onboard HMS Warrior, the largest, fastest, and most powerful warship of Queen Victoria’s fleet.

Highlights for day two included both Blackgang Chine and Shanklin Chine, each filled with incredible attractions and even a water slide for the whole group to enjoy - “Best day ever!” in the words of the children. On Wednesday, the group travelled back in time to WW2, as part of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway Evacuee Experience Day, discovering what it was like to be evacuated during the war. A boat cruise up to the Needles Rocks and Lighthouse, a beach trip and an evening disco concluded Thursday’s events.  The final day was spent at the Isle of Wight Zoo, before setting off on the return journey and arrival back home later this evening. I hope you’ve all had a truly fantastic week away, with lots of incredible memories made. Photos from the trip will be shared on our socials later today, so please do take a look!

I am delighted to share two fantastic STEM achievements which have happened this week. A group of eight of our Year 7 & 8 students attended the final of the EEP Robotics Challenge on Wednesday. Over 340 schools entered the competition, and our team qualified in the top 10%, making it to the last 34! Well done to each of you who took part.

Congratulations are also in order for Year 7 student Alexander Taylor who won a runner-up prize in the Junior Science category at the Big Bang Fair Competition yesterday. Following our CCS Science Fair earlier in the year, Alexander entered his Stomp Rocket Project into the Big Bang competition and secured his place in the final amongst over 60 other students aged 11-19 from across the country,

The judges were keen to congratulate Alexander on his achievement, and how well he worked independently on his project, showing fantastic examples of problem-solving and overcoming challenges. Great job Alexander on this fantastic result!

Today marks the day of our Year 13 Prom, and the end of an era for the cohort. As all A Level examinations have now concluded, this may be one of the last occasions to spend time with all of your peers. I wish you all a wonderful evening and enjoy celebrating your time at CCS. I hope to see many of you on results day in August and look forward to hearing how you each get on!

Many more events taking place next week, which you will find further details of in the ‘key dates’ section to the right.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend, with yet more sunshine predicted!

Warm regards,

David James

 Key Dates

Foundation Stage New Intake Evening
Monday 26 June

We look forward to welcoming our new Foundation Stage parents, who’s children will be joining us in September on Monday, where you will be able to meet your child’s class teacher and learn all about what’s to come, ahead of your child’s start in primary.

Secondary Sports Day

Wednesday 28 & Thursday 29 June

Next week, our Year 7-10 students will get to compete in this years’ Sports Day! Year 7 and 8 will take part on Wednesday, and Year 9 and 10 on Thursday. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for dry weather on the day. Please keep an eye on our Facebook & Instagram for some pictures taken on the day.

Year 2 Trip to Silverstone
Wednesday 28 June

To support their learning theme, ‘Zoom’, our Year 2 children will visit the Silverstone Interactive Museum next Wednesday, touring the exhibit and museum, as well as taking part in a hands-on STEM workshop, exploring the different parts of the F1 cars.

Year 12 Biology trip
Thursday 29 June

To give students an insight into the role that zoos and safari parks play in animal conservation and animal welfare, linked to their Biology studies, students will visit Whipsnade Zoo next Thursday. The students will be taken on a safari tour and also receive lectures with the Head of Education at the zoo and the keepers.

Year 11 Prom
Friday 30 June


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