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  • Year 11 Leavers Assembly, Performances and Productions

    19 June 2017

    Year 11 Leavers Assembly
    We had a very emotional farewell assembly for our Year 11 leavers on Friday afternoon, after their last major exam. Held at the North Bersted site, where Year 11s have been taking their exams, we were joined by parents and staff to wish our pioneering first ever GCSE cohort well before they enjoy the longest summer holiday they’re ever likely to have, prior to their exam results arriving in late August.

    We had certificates issued for great achievement and progress in their subjects and elsewhere, along with a recital from Mr Lathbury, special presentations from Mrs Williams, Mrs Richi and Mr Prior, the latter two by video, as surprise guests. We also had a fabulous valedictorian speech delivered by Isaac Lambert, borrowing elements from the film Independence Day, because of course that’s what you’d do for a speech of this kind! Mrs Williams also created an excellent video celebrating the time our Year 11s have spent with us at CFS, with some very old and quite embarrassing photographs and videos!

    Stephen King as Chair of Governors, made an important announcement for all of our Year 11 leavers. We will commit to ensuring that all of their names will be placed in the Convent, so that one way or another they will make it there, even though they have of course been disappointed as we all have been with the delays to its construction.

    This was a very fine way to mark the moment where our Year 11s move on and finish their time at School. There are still a few exams left for them to take over the next few weeks, but we all felt it important to celebrate their successes and wish them well for their future as they become part of our past.

    Year 6 Residential Success
    Our Year 6 pupils had an amazing time in golden sunshine on their residential trip to Mill Rythe Activity Centre last week. They took part in a huge array of activities, with everyone exploring new adventures and discovering their own limits. Notably the ‘leap of faith’ gave pupils the chance to face their fears and make the leap anyway, or make the climb up the tall tower, which in itself was a huge challenge. When I visited them last week they were all very keen to tell me how they did and how they felt, whatever they’d achieved it was their personal best and this was a story worth telling.

    Many thanks to Miss Wade, Miss Cook and Mr Williams for organising and accompanying our first ever Year 6 pupils. I know they had a marvellous time, but I’m also fairly certain that they will be spending a large part of the weekend sleeping and recovering!

    The School Production  – A Night at the Musicals – THIS WEEK!
    Tickets are still available from Tucasi for this week’s performances of A Night at the Musicals. Final rehearsals are taking place right now and the cast and crew are getting very excited indeed.

    Featuring extracts from Blood Brothers, Les Miserables, Annie, Oliver!, Little Shop of Horrors and more, tickets are sure to be booked fast so do make sure you get yours early to avoid disappointment.

    The show will take place at the North Bersted site at Barton Road on Wednesday 21, Thursday 22 and Saturday 24 June and will start at 7:00pm. Tickets are priced at £6 for adults and £4 for concessions. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the show.

    Senior Students Live Gig – Friday 23 June – ALSO THIS WEEK!
    Tickets are still on sale for the Senior Live Music Gig on Friday 23 June, 7 – 10pm Sports Hall

    The team behind the live gig have been working hard on making this event really special for the Senior Students. We have some fabulous bands coming in to sing and perform live to the students.

    This is a truly special event where the students can let their hair down and celebrate with talented local bands.

    Tickets are available from Student Services at a cost of £5 each.

    The Live Gig team will also be about at lunchtimes, selling tickets. So please ask your son/daughter to support this amazing event, it has been arranged specifically for the Senior Students Years 7-11.
    You can pay on the door at £7.50

    Dance Show
    Thank you to all the parents who came out on Thursday for the fantastic public performance of the Dance Show put together by Miss Messenger and Miss Dustin, which all of Secondary saw last half term. It was absolutely right for our performers to have another audience to showcase their dynamic skills and lyrical grace, and they took the opportunity in a way which delighted everyone present.

    Dance has a very strong future at CFS and we look forward to seeing it grow yet further with the introduction of GCSE next year and more shows like this to follow.

    Primary Greenpower Success
    Congratulations to our Primary Greenpower Goblin teams who competed in two recent races at Littlehampton and Seaford College. Our teams came third in the Drag Race at both events, which is a great achievement.

    The team meet every Saturday at School to design and build their Greenpower racing car and this is a fantastic tribute to all the hard work they have put in.

    Parent Questionnaire
    Every year around this time we ask parents for their views of the School across several key areas. The questionnaire is quite short and easy to complete, it should only take a few minutes, but it is very helpful for us to gauge how we are doing, where there are successes and where you feel we need to improve. There is an opportunity towards the end for you to write a longer comment should you wish.

    The link to the survey is here:

    Please can we ask everyone to have completed it by Monday 3 July.

    Summer Fair 2017 Harry Potter Theme, Saturday July 1: 12- 2.30pm
    The friends are currently organising the Summer Fair, details of which have been sent out via parent mail and a primary bag drop.  Please do take a look and keep an eye on facebook for updates.  Please also do search around your house for any raffle or tombola prizes.  Volunteers are still needed!

    Sports Day – Monday 3 July
    Please look out for information coming out this week about Sports Day arrangements. As is the case every year, it will be bigger than ever as we have more pupils than ever before! Hopefully the sun will shine and we’ll see great achievement and great endeavour. As has been the case in previous years Sports Day will take place at North Mundham playing fields.

    Email Addresses
    Please can everyone check that the School has the right email address for you. If you have changed it recently it is very important that we know so that we can ensure communications reach you, as email is such an important channel for us to use to communicate with parents. There have been some occasions when parents have questioned why they have not received information from the School and on investigation it is because they did not inform us of changes to email addresses.

    I recognise that this communication is itself emailed out, therefore, should you be aware of friends who are parents, who have mentioned that they have not received communications from School, please can you ask them to check their email address with us in person or by phone.