Colchester County High School pupils, Saffron Blacker, Lauren Barlow and Aurora Barclay-Ede talked their way to the top at the Colchester and District first round of the BPW (British and Professional Women) UK Public Speaking Competition for Schools and Youth Organisations, which involved nine teams from six Colchester schools and was hosted in the George Young Studio by Colchester Royal Grammar School. 
The CCHS team took first place as Best Team, closely followed by Max Salt, Megan Tookey and Amelia Elliott from Colchester High School who were joint runners up alongside the Colchester Royal Grammar team of Joshua Puckey, Luke Chester and Amelia Davison.  Colchester High School also took the title of Best Young Team.
The CCHS, CHS and CRGS teams will now all three compete at the BPW London      Anglia South East Final to be held in March.

On Friday 17th October 2014, a performance poet made an unexpected visit to tell us about the different types of poems and that poetry  isn’t all about reading on the spot; it can be fun, theatrical and enjoyable! By the end of this  thrilling experience, he was hoping to persuade

Year 7 students also had this to say about Ash Dickinson :
‘During his visit he opened our minds to the world of poetry…’
‘What we found clever was the way he presented himself when he read his poems.’
‘We would like to say “Thank you” to Ash Dickinson for coming in and inspiring many!’
‘We achieved a great amount in the afternoon and had so much fun!’
‘Ash Dickinson inspired me to start writing poetry and to read more books.’

Steve Brown, the Paralympic Rugby Team Captain, delighted us all with his humorous, emotional and inspirational speech with both openness and positivity.  He gave his life story, including his accident, which resulted in his disability.  He turned this difficult situation into one of hope, developed a future career and has maintained a very mischievous sense of humour.

We are extremely proud of the girls, their success and the superb Sixth Form they have become.


Over the past year I have competed for Colchester Harriers Athletics Club in the hammer, shot and discus. I have been competing in both the junior and senior leagues and have had a very successful year, ranking 5th nationwide for the 4kg hammer for my age. I was also ranked 12th nationwide for the 3kg hammer, 12th in the east region for 3kg shot and 6th in the east region for discus. I was also selected to represent Essex in the English Schools Athletics National Competition where I finished 11th throwing the hammer.

By Philippa Davenall  (11KD)

After the success of our Bio Bake Off on 10th October, which raised £143.62 for the Tom Bowdidge Foundation, we were proud to receive the founder of the charity, Richard Bowdidge, for a very special assembly on 26th November. Mr Bowdidge gave an inspiring talk on why the Tom Bowdidge Foundation was  originally started and what the charity can provide to teenagers and young people with cancer.


This year I participated in the Society of Biology BioArtAttack competition, which was part of the National Biology Week activities. I made a video that summarises the steps of a rat dissection showing the anatomy and internal structure of the organs. I made the rat out of plasticine, but I had to experiment with materials and practise different techniques.
My video won the “People’s Choice Award” and the “11-18 Category” of the competition and I was invited to the Society of Biology Annual Awards   Ceremony in London along with my family and Dr Martin. At the event, my video was shown and I collected my prize along with my certificate. The competition attracted over 150 entries.
Fatema Mohsen (13MS)
Fatema’s video can be viewed on youtube

A large group of Year 11 students were lucky enough to participate in an exchange with the Liebigschule from Giessen in Germany. The two week long exchange was definitely a new and exciting experience for everyone involved and one that they will never forget.

The exchange was a great opportunity to experience the culture, language and give a further insight into a different country. Thoroughly enjoyed by all and remembered for eternity with some very strong friendships being formed.

On the 6th and 7th October, the inflatable cell returned to CCHS for Year 7 and 12 Biology students. Year 7 students have been learning about cells in their lessons and observing them under the microscope, including their own cheek cells. The Year 12 students in AS Biology have been looking at the ultrastructure of cells in considerable detail. The organelles are projected onto the roof of the inflatable dome so that students experience being inside a virtual cell.

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