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Principal's Bulletin - Friday 24 February

Please see below our Principal's Bulletin for w/e Friday 24 February. 

Principal's Bulletin

Friday 24 February 2023

It’s been a busy return to school life after our end of term break, with lots of exciting events already happening and many more to look forward to in the coming weeks.

On Tuesday, our Year 2 children stepped back in time and came into school wonderfully dressed in Tudor costumes, ready for lots of history-rich learning as part of Tudor Day. The year group spent the day enjoying various themed activities to learn more about the period and build on their history knowledge. Pupils even had their very own Tudor themed lunch, skilfully crafted by Chartwells, including chicken, cheese, chunks of bread, fruit and a flask of apple juice – all neatly wrapped up in a cloth.

A wonderful experience for all involved - class teacher Mrs Simmonds even dressed up for the occasion as Henry VIII! Check out our Facebook and Instagram to see all the fantastic costumes from the day, from both children and staff.

Last term, our student project groups (Communication, Learning Environment, Sixth Form Centre and Wellbeing) presented their proposals to staff, ready to gather input and gain advice on what to tackle next to continually improve school life.  

Proposals included appointing wellbeing mentors, fundraising to refresh the Learning Resources Centre, and even creating a brand-new CCS Newsround show. There have been some great suggestions among the groups, which each include students from Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 to represent the views of our young people. I look forward to seeing the groups take these ideas forward to enhance school life and learning here at CCS.

Several parents have raised concerns over traffic and parking issues on the approach to school at the end of the school day. Please can I remind parent and carers that vehicles should not be parked on the roundabout on Wooldale Road nor on the white zig zag lines near any pedestrian crossings; this includes the smaller roundabout on the road leading to our school entrance. These are public roads and inconsiderate parking present a risk and potential road traffic offences.

A few instances have also been reported relating to vehicles stopping on the Wooldale Road mid-flow to allow students to get in and out – again, this is a risk to students and other members of the community. 

Hopefully as the weather continues traffic may ease, and more children will be supported to walk to and from school but in the meantime, please can I remind everyone to be mindful of other road users and traffic rules.

We are always looking at ways in which we can improve our communications, particularly as our school and community continues to diversify. We have introduced a new translation tool to our website to allow users to view the site in their preferred language. Look out for the globe icon in the menu bar to select a preferred language. Please tell your friends and family about this and I encourage you to keep an eye on our website for lots of general information, including extra-curricular activities, Student Spotlight and curriculum. 

As always, please do check out our ‘key dates’ section on the right to stay updated with important events taking place throughout the school.

Warm regards,

David James

 Key Dates

World Book Day
Thursday 2 March

‘Bookish’ activites will be taking place over the course of the whole week, and on Thursday 2 March, all primary phase children are invited to come into school dressed as something from a non-fiction book of their choice.

GCSE choices deadline
Friday 3 March

Year 9 students should have received an email from Edval with instructions of how to select their choices. Any problems, please contact their form tutor.

Doughnut Friday
Friday 3 March

Sixth Form students are busy fund raising for their prom.

As part of this, they will be selling delicious Krispy Kremes in The Street during lunchtime each Friday through March.

Posters have been put up in and around school so please help them by sending your children in with in some extra pennies each Friday!

CCS Friends Quiz Night
Friday 10 March

Time to get your thinking caps on and come along to the CCS Friends Parents Quiz Night, for the first since before COVID!!  The event will take place on Friday 10 March from 7:30pm, in the CCS Main Hall.

For more information and to book your tickets, please click on the link below:

CCS Friends Quiz Night tickets


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