As part of National Science and Engineering Week 2014, on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st March, CCHS welcomed two Biomedical Scientists from the Microbiology Department at Colchester General Hospital. Years 7, 8 and 9 were invited to participate in Microbiology workshops that included three different case studies of infectious disease. Mr David Smith and Mr Paul Quinn designed and prepared engaging pictures and samples to provide students with an idea of what it is like to work in a diagnostic laboratory. The students had to diagnose the infection and determine which antibiotic was most appropriate for treatment.

We are very grateful to the Biomedical Scientists for their time and delivering the enrichment experience


Below are the names of our students who took part in the Olympiad and their medal status:

Duleni Herath Gold Nicola Oshisanwo Bronze
Madeleine Spence Silver Abigail Stubbs Gold
Ka Hin Karen Mak Silver Rhiannon Ware Silver
Laura Brown Silver Eilidh Mackenzie Gold
Beth Pasfield Silver Sian O’Shea Gold
Claire Pearce Silver Annabelle Ho Bronze
Megan Moore Highly Commended
Eleanor Barnes Highly Commended
Eleanor Tripp Highly Commended
Rachel Goddard Highly Commended

All the students did exceptionally well and Sian O’Shea and Abigail Stubbs are through to Round 2 of the Olympiad - being ranked in the top 160 of 5076 students. We wish them luck,

Dr I Martin

We are extremely proud to announce that all six of our athletes who competed in November at the South East Regional Biathlon Championships have qualified to compete at the British Schools’ Modern Biathlon Championships taking place on Saturday 5th April at The London Aquatics Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Championships will be the first event to be held at this iconic venue when it opens to the public in April and I have no doubt that competing in the Olympic pool will be an experience our girls will never forget.

Congratulations to Olivia Norman, Emily Dowding, Philippa Davenall, Kaythi Aung, Alice Insull and Laura Stephens. We wish you all the very best of luck.

Year 7 Music Students are working on Gamelan Music for their topic this term. Students have learnt about the culture and the instrumentation and have performed a traditional Javanese Gamelan piece. They have composed their own Gamelan pieces and have designed and made their own traditional Gamelan Headdresses. All year 7 students made a headdress and entered the Music department competition. The standard of the headdress were excellent, well done to all year 7 students.

The following students won first prize.

7DM      Shivani Rathod

7AF        Helena Exley

7JM        Rebecca Warren

7GH         (TBA)

On Friday 31st January the Music department were thrilled that Karl Lutchmayer Professor of Performance studies at the Trinity College of Music and world renowned  Concert Pianist,  spent a day working with A level music students in preparation for their A level Recital examination in March. He was inspirational and the students learnt so much. In the evening he gave one of his exceptional conversational concerts which had his biggest audience yet. We look forward to him returning again in June this year.
Mrs Faulkner -Davis.  

British Biology Olympiad results

16 upper 6th biologists sat the British Biology Olympiad at the end of January. This is very challenging with content going beyond the A Level specification in a wide range of biological topics. The results for 2014 were outstanding with 4 gold medals, 6 silver medals, 2 bronze medals and 4 highly commended students, all students were placed. This puts all of the CCHS students in the top 49% of the 5076 students who sat the test, an outstanding achievement.
2 students are through into the 2nd round of the final 160, they are in the top 3% of students who entered. Congratulations and Good Luck to Sian O'Shea and Abigail Stubbs.
The top 4 students in the UK will go on to represent the UK at the International Biology Olympiad in Bali - a great incentive for our 2 students!




"This has been an amazing term, with so much to celebrate".

Many thanks to all of the parents who have written to us to compliment the school on an outstanding, interesting and motivational GCSE Certificate
Giving Evening. In my introduction to the event, I explained how proud we are of the girls, their success and the superb Sixth Form they have become.
Steve Brown, the Paralympic Rugby Team Captain, delighted us all with his humorous, emotional and inspirational speech with both openness and
positivity. He gave us his life story, including his accident, which resulted in his disability. He has turned this difficult situation into one of hope,
developed a future career and has maintained a very mischievous sense of humour. His take on life infected all of us and many of the girls were inspired and felt more resilient as a result.

On Tuesday 8th October, CCHS hosted the annual District Netball Tournament. Teams from 12 local schools came together to compete for the prestigious title of ‘District Champions 2013’. The POOL matches saw our girls come up against some tough opposition but both the U14 and U16 teams successfully progressed to the semi-finals and fought their way to the final where they came head to head with Stanway. Our U16’s were once again victorious and our U14’s finished as runners-up. Both teams will progress to the County Round, taking place at New Hall on Sunday 17th November and we wish them the very best of luck. Thank you to the Year 10 Junior Sports Leaders team who did an absolutely superb job overseeing the running of the event.