Principal’s Blog

The Principal's Blog

Welcome to the Principal’s Blog. Through this page I hope to keep everyone regularly informed with details about our school which I feel are important for me to share.

  • End of Justice Term

    24 April 2017

    End of Justice Term
    We had a wonderful final day of term, with House Assemblies and a whole School Final Assembly featuring Primary and Secondary pupils all together. We reflected on the achievements of this term, with some great performances from our Primary choir and Spanish linguists. We also heard of the achievements of our sports teams and those who had impressed their teachers throughout the term. Our focus at the start of assembly was on kindness towards others; we set a challenge for everyone to do one kind thing for another person on each day of the holidays – of course we will be interested to hear next term how your children approached this challenge!

    As we move from the darker days of January to the light of Spring we are delighted with the progress our children are making at School. There have been many developments as we have become more familiar with this year’s surroundings and listened to the ideas for improvements proposed by pupils and parents. Both Primary and Secondary School councils over the past weeks have been very positive, with lots of our recent changes, such as hot food and the silent corridor in Secondary gaining approval and contributing to a very positive atmosphere around the School. The high quality of trips and special days like our Primary Science Day, World Book Day, LiveNLearn and Your Life You Choose events have lent colour and inspiration to all phases of the School.

    Progress with the build at the Convent is another source of excitement and further demonstration of the bright future for our School. I visited the site last week and we are all very pleased with the swift progress being made so far. There will be another report soon, together with more photos of key achievements as the Convent interior is stripped out for conversion and the ground is prepared for the new build to begin. We also hope to say more about how our pupils will be involved with the contractors, Farrans, who will provide opportunities for them to learn more about the construction – and also to take part in an Art competition so that we can make the very yellow hoardings around the Convent site much more attractive!

    Of course, we move into a very important few weeks next term for our Year 6 and Year 11 pupils as they take their important SATs and GCSE exams. Their mock results have been very impressive – although not as impressive as their mature and balanced approach to these landmark tests. Both sets of pupils have taken ownership of their learning and we are delighted to see how their proactive attitude demonstrates their understanding of what is important in education – that fundamentally it’s about them and it’s for them. Their results will just be a by-product of this realisation, because to have control over your own life and to fulfil your talents is the greatest achievement for our pupils and absolutely what it means for us to nurture, challenge and inspire them.

    CFS Friends Primary Colouring Competition
    In your school bags you should find a colouring-in competition; the best in each year group wins a family ticket to the Stansted Garden Show.  At the show there will be a birds of prey flying display, Jester workshops, Funfair, bouncy castle, archery, facepainting, puppet shows, the Stansted Maze, Mini Railway and lots for the adults too.

    Please hand your sheets in to your child’s teacher or School Office at the start of Courage term. Don’t forget to put you name and year on them.  Have a lovely Easter- from the Friends.

    Primary Petting Pen – May 3 and 4 at CFS
    Meet our gorgeous cuddly animals! May 3 and 4 from 10am – 2pm at CFS.

    Cuddle a bunny, stroke a guinea pig and even watch one talented rabbit play football!

    Year 6 are raising funds to help with the cost of their residential trip in June and so for just £1 your child can visit the professionally-run petting pen during school time and find out more about how these animals live, what they eat and how to handle them correctly.

    The petting pen has generously been provided free of charge by Botley Mills. All  money raised will go towards the cost of the trip being planned after Year 6 have finished their SATs.

    Year 8 Sculpture Park Trip
    We are looking forward to the Art trip planned for all Year 8 students towards the start of next term to the Sculpture Park near Farnham. Further details can be found in the letter which was sent to all Year 8 parents here.

    Easter Gardening
    A reminder that the Primary team will be hosting a gardening day on Friday 21 to get together and start planting the Primary gardens. Should you wish to join in, then please feel free to pop into school any time from 10.00am – 2.00pm bringing along any plants, compost, pots and Eco-art you would like to donate.

    As you know, the Primary School are moving to another site next year and therefore we are encouraging all our planting to be in pots or movable items so we can transport our Eco-gardens to the new site. This should be a lovely day when parents, friends, teachers and children all work together to create a colourful and inspiring area for the children to learn in. Please contact Miss Wade or Mr Cook if you require further information or are willing to donate items.  Thank you in advance for any donations of items and time.  We look forward to seeing you on 21 April.

    Year 11 Easter GCSE Revision
    Good luck to all of our Year 11 students who are coming in to School over the Easter holidays for extra revision sessions. Thank you to all the staff who will be taking the time to organise and run these sessions for our oldest students.

    Parent Activities Survey
    At CFS we are committed to expanding all our pupils’ horizons through participation in a vibrant and engaging co-curricular programme of clubs and activities. As you know, we will be moving all of Primary to another site from September this year. We are still working on the Travel Plan implications of this, but it is likely to mean that Primary will start and finish a bit later than currently. This will make it much harder for us to run Primary clubs after School as we do at the moment.

    Alongside this, we are committed to giving our teachers as much time as we can to deliver outstanding lessons, this is hard to do when they are running clubs or supervised study at the end of every School day. We want to offer more training and CPD time for teachers whilst still delivering an excellent range of Clubs and Supervised Study / Prep. In order to explore how to do this the School has formed an Activities and Ethos Working Party, made up of parents, teachers, support staff, volunteers and Governors. You can see from the title of this group that holding true to our core vision and ethos is absolutely central to our thoughts for next year.

    This group has considered several alternatives for Activities next year and would now like to ask parents for their views. To this end we will shortly be sending out a survey on clubs and activities which we ask that all parents take part in by the start of next term. We will send you a link to take this survey shortly.

    Start of Courage Term
    A reminder that Courage Term starts on Tuesday 25 April at normal times for all pupils. There will be an Inset day for all staff on Monday 24 April.