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  • Halloween, Christmas and Year 7 Information

    16 October 2017

    Open Evening
    We had another fantastic Open Evening on Wednesday last week, with over 500 visitors in a very busy Vinnetrow School site. As ever, our students and staff were fantastic ambassadors for the School, with Year 8s operating as hosts and guides around the site for parents and pupil visitors, alongside students of all ages assisting teaching staff as experts in all of our disciplines, or as performers in our new Dance studio as well as in Drama and Music.

    This was the last Open Evening we will hold at Vinnetrow Road and it was a genuine pleasure to be able to discuss the Convent site as the exciting reality it will be for everyone next September. Our students and staff put on an extraordinary show, demonstrating yet again what a creative, nurturing and inspirational team they are. I’m sure we will have lots of parents and current Year 6 pupils who will want to join us next year as a result. Thank you to everyone who made this possible, especially to all Secondary parents who transported children in for the evening and picked them up at the end, and of course to everyone for your understanding of the earlier finish. I hope those students involved were as proud to take part as we are of them, and have some great stories to tell.

    Greenpower Electric Car Racing Teams
    Chichester Free School is involved in Greenpower Racing with both a primary and secondary team.
    The Greenpower Education Trust’s objective is to advance education in the subjects of sustainable engineering and technology to young people and to demonstrate the importance of engineering, and associated STEM subjects as investigation has revealed low levels of interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) amongst young people, within schools and within communities generally.

    Greenpower is an electric car challenge which requires students, guided by adults, to design, build and then race an electric car against other teams. Events are held at weekends at major motor circuits around the UK but as we are still a relatively new team we concentrate on the local races.

    You can find more information at Welcome to the Greenpower Education Trust | Greenpower.

    We are currently very short of adult helpers which has meant that we have a waiting list for the Secondary Team. Unfortunately, if we cannot find extra adult help this may result in the Greenpower Club not being able to continue. Therefore, if you would like your child to join or to continue with Greenpower we are asking that you sign up to help on the odd Saturday – no experience needed! However if you do have a relevant specific area of expertise then please let us know but if not then just an extra pair of hands to help. We meet on a Saturday morning from 10.30 – 12.00 during term time at the Vinnetrow Road site.

    Due to two of the Primary team moving on to Secondary we do have space in the Primary team. Again adult help is required for this to continue so please get in touch!

    If you require any information then please do not hesitate to contact Nick Taylor on for seniors or Andrew Heathorn on or Bev Odell on for primary.

    Greenpower will start after half term on Saturday 4 November. We look forward to hearing from you and hopefully meeting you soon!

    CFS Friends Seniors Halloween Disco – Thursday 19th October, Sports Hall, 7.30pm – 9.30pm – £3.50 on the door
    Something’s brewing and it’ll be ghoulishly fun.  A wicked time for everyone.

    Seniors are invited to come along to the Halloween disco on Thursday.  Fancy dress optional – prizes for the best dressed boy and girl.

    Apple bobbing, Mummy making and dunking doughnuts are just some of the fun we have in store!

    There will also be available hot dogs, drinks, tuck shop, glitter tattoos and glow sticks available to buy on the night!

    CFS Friends Primary Disco – Thursday 9th November, North Bersted site, Times to be confirmed
    Please put a note in your diary for the Primary Disco, which will be held at the Primary school, Barton Road site.

    Further details will follow once confirmed.

    We will shortly be sending out bags for the Bags2School collection.  The collection date of 14 November has been arranged from both the Vinnetrow Road site and the Barton Road site.

    Bags2School are a fabulous fundraiser for schools.  The company promote reuse of clothes and shoes to benefit those who rely on 2nd hand clothes as their sole option for good quality clothing.

    The items that they collect are:
    Clothing, paired shoes, handbags, hats, bags, scarves and ties, jewellery, lingerie, socks, belts, soft toys, household linen, curtains, towels and bedding sheets.

    Please fill the bags provided and any black bin liners with the above items and drop them into school the morning of 14 November.

    Grand Christmas Fair – Saturday 2nd December, Vinnetrow Road, 12.00 – 2.30pm
    The plans are coming together for our fabulous Christmas Fair.  The Friends are working hard to bring a delightful array of different stalls, games and things to do for young and old alike!

    We heavily rely on donations for the Christmas Fair and we hope that all parents/carers will support us and be generous in their donations.

    Letters will be coming out, once back from half term, with raffle tickets for selling to family and friends.
    We really need your help on the day of the fair, even 30 minutes would be a fantastic help and you will still have plenty of time to look around.  Please do keep checking our Facebook pages – CFS Friends, or the parents/carers Facebook page CFS Schoolgate, for notifications of meetings or stalls we need help with.

    If you would like to become part of the team of Friends, please give our Chair Dan a call on 07747 787938.

    Parents’ Forum
    The next meeting of the Parents’ Forum will be on Monday 16 October. The agenda can be found here.

    Year 7 and New Secondary Parents Evening – Tuesday 17 October
    A reminder for all parents of students new to the School, or who are in Year 7 that there is an opportunity to meet with your child’s tutor this Tuesday evening at Vinnetrow Road. Further details are in the letter which was sent here. Please do contact School Office should you require further details.

    Primary Parents’ Evenings
    These run on Tuesday and Thursday this week coming at the North Bersted site. All bookings are made online via Tucasi, if you have not received the email link please contact

    Year 7 iPad Rollout
    Thank you to all parents for your patience whilst we set up the new iPads so that they will work effectively on our network. We intend to distribute these to students in this week coming. We are still waiting on some parents to sign up though. Please can we ask these parents to contact School Office to discuss how to do so and financial arrangements should this be a concern for you.

    Coaches and Minibuses – Northgate Car Park Stop
    Please can we notify parents that there will be a change for those children who travel by either a coach or minibus which normally picks up/drops off in Northgate Car Park on Thursday and Friday of this week coming (19 & 20 October). We will move to the lay by on Oaklands Way instead because of the Sloe Fair. Please do contact School Office should you wish to have more details.

    Performing Arts Talent Cabaret – 15 November, 6.30pm
    On 15 November at 6.30pm in the Drama Studio we will be having an evening celebrating talent and endeavour in the Performing Arts. A number of Secondary students will be singing, playing, dancing and acting for your pleasure. Look out for the poster with details of how to book shortly.

    Hot Food for Secondary Students at Vinnetrow Road
    As you are aware we provided access to hot food for secondary pupils last term one day a week with the mobile unit that came on site.  With the change to the two sites for this year we have been able to convert an area previously used for Primary meals into a space where we can prepare a mobile hot food option for Secondary pupils.

    The supplier we are using is Pasta King, we will be starting this option on 6 November 2017 after we return from half term and initially we will have a similar system to last year so that a year group at a time can purchase a pasta or rice pot on a given day.  If we find that we can provide the lunch service quicker than we think then we will offer the option more than one day a week.  We have chosen sauces from the range and will monitor how successful they are and then adjust the offer as we go along. There are vegetarian as well as meat choices.

    The cost of a pasta or rice pot will be £2.50 and we will provide more details regarding payment methods, days when year groups can purchase hot food and of course the sauce choices in a letter to all Secondary parents shortly.

    Final Day of Half Term
    Half term will finish on Friday 20 October at normal times for both Vinnetrow and North Bersted sites. There is an Inset day for all staff on Wednesday 1 November, we welcome all pupils back to School on Thursday 2 November.