On Wednesday 24th April Laura Powell, a writer who specialises in writing for teenagers, came to speak to Year 8 students. Laura’s latest series of books is about ancient witchcraft in a modern world. Laura spoke about the development process of a story, from thinking of an idea, to the finished novel. As she has previously worked as a book editor for a major publisher, Laura was also able to tell students about the process that a book goes through from being accepted for publication to sitting on the bookshop shelf. Students really enjoyed meeting Laura and asked some really searching questions. Many thanks to Mrs Craig and Mrs Cox, (the School Librarians) and Sally Johnson of Caxton Books for organising this event.
Once a fortnight the Year 7 and 8 book group meet in the Library. Book Group is an informal club with its members choosing which books we read and which ideas we discuss. It’s always a lively discussion as everyone is keen to voice their opinion! So far this year, we have read books themed on crime, romance, horror, prize winners and dystopia. Anyone from Years 7 and 8 is welcome to join us. Watch out for the information boards to let you know when the next meeting is taking place.
Students had the chance to display their skill and flair for performing at CCHS when a Talent Show was held last month. Singers, dancers and musicians entertained their teachers and fellow students in the Show which took place on the last day of Spring Term.
On the 24th of April, we participated in the East Essex Regional finals of Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge. Although it was extremely nerve-wracking, we both thoroughly enjoyed the event. We delivered talks entitled “The Only Way Is Essex Is Not The Only Way” and “Enslaved By Social Networking” respectively, showcasing the skills that we’ve been taught in our English lessons. We were able to compete against students from the various state schools in the region, interacting with others and making new friends. Not only was the event a fantastic experience, but the planning and preparation from all staff involved, especially Mr Gosling and his catering team, was greatly appreciated! We would definitely recommend that next year’s Year 10 get involved with this activity, and it was a privilege to be part of it.
Niamh O’Neill(10SE) & Nnenna Asubo(10AN)
On 28th March, 7BN held a lunchtime break sale in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital. As well as cakes, sweets, biscuits and bracelets for sale, there was a tombola, pin the tail on the bunny, guess the name of the rabbit and a chocolate fountain. It was also a Disney themed non-uniform day so there were lots of familiar characters present, even Peter Pan turned up!
Well done to 7BN for a successful sale which raised £185.17 for their charity.