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.

Year 7 students went on a field trip to Highwoods Country Park and enjoyed completing several short activities assigned to them. They learnt how to measure the width, depth and velocity of a stream and found measuring the velocity most exciting as it involved ‘racing’ two corks along a measured length of the stream.


Under 14 Badminton team retain the Partnership Trophy for fourth year running

Badminton has traditionally been a strong area for CCHS, and the school have enjoyed much success at partnership level in recent years at both the under 14 and under 16 age categories. This year has been no exception, as the under 14 team, made up of Katie Scott (9JM), Katherine Chao (8GH), Cathy Xu (9EC) and Esha Khan (9ME), retained their trophy with a resounding victory over St. Helena.

This year, we (8AF) have chosen three form charities and on Monday 20th October, we received a visit from one of them, ‘Cry In The Dark’, a not very well known charity which works in Romania, specifically with ill children who do not otherwise receive treatment and care.
Beth and Steve talked to us about the work they do in Romania, how the charity started and some stories about children they have helped.
We all enjoyed the visit, liked finding out about the charity and we are all more inspired to be supporting them over the course of the year.
Ruth Smith (8AF)

As part of the national Biology Week, The Physiological Society held a national 'Bio Bake Off' competition for the best cake decorated with a physiological theme. A charity bake sale was organised for the 10 October in order to raise money for the Tom Bowdidge Foundation. All cakes were entered into both the national and an in-house competitions. Abigayle Driscoll of 7EK and Monica Taylor of 13HG were voted the best cakes of lower and upper school respectively. The judges obviously had great taste, as both cakes made it into the final of the national competition! The contest was settled by an online public vote, with Abigayle going on to win and claim her prize of £50 of Amazon vouchers!


The school has been remembering the 100th Anniversary of the start of WW1 and all those who have been affected by conflict and war in the UK and across the world in a number of ways including:
* a Year 9 visit to the Somme and WW1 Battlefields (a wreath was laid at Thiepval Memorial to the missing of the Somme)
* researching relatives who lost their lives in the war
* a research group investigated the impact of WW1 on the local area and participated in a display at St Leonard’s Church, Lexden
* holding assemblies on 3, 4 & 5 November which included members of our support staff who have served in the armed forces
* a striking display of remembrance field poppies artwork in our foyer area

The contribution of a number of staff and students has been both poignant and thought-provoking.

Gillian Marshall

It was a long journey for Mayi Hughes (9BN) to make it through to the final of the combined events that she competed in on Sunday 21st September.  

The combined events competition requires each athlete to compete in the hurdles, 800 metres, long jump, high jump and shot putt all in one day.

During the last school year she entered an initial competition locally where she progressed to be part of the Essex team.  In July she had to travel to Corby, Kettering to compete in the Regional Finals, where an excellent performance across all disciplines placed her in second overall.

This saw her through to the National Final where the level of competition was much more challenging than anything Mayi had faced so far.

She had an excellent day despite the poor conditions and freezing winds!  She managed to match one and beat two of her best ever performances and by the end of the day she had confirmed her ranking as an impressive 21st in the country.