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.
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.
Elena Edmondson (11RD)
I recently attended Salters’ Chemistry Camp at the University of Sussex from the 25th until the 27th of June. It was an absolutely amazing experience which I was so grateful to have taken part in. I acquired a range of new skills, including learning how to use advanced equipment in a laboratory and meeting new people. We spent nearly all day every day in the lab doing things like making painkillers and glow in the dark substances. These are things undergraduates do in their first year of university so it was very hard! I also learned a lot more about university life such as the halls of residence and the lecture theatres. I would like to thank Dr Parrott and Dr Gwyther for giving me this fantastic once in a lifetime opportunity which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Delfi Dorussen (11CB)
Last July I attended a Salters' Chemistry Camp at the University of Bath and I found the experience thoroughly enjoyable. The camp gave me an excellent opportunity to develop my Chemistry skills and it introduced me to a number of new concepts, experiments and chemistry equipment. The timetable for the days was largely organised around four practical activities: Clock Reactions and Oscillating Reactions, Stingcurb (making and purifying Benzocaine), Cold Light and Cyanotyping. Other than this there was a lecture on material science and a quiz.
I also met a group of new people who I will hopefully keep in contact with. Overall, I am very glad that I was given the chance to partake in this experience.
This summer holiday, Mr Barraclough was joined by Mrs Daniels, Mrs Lyon, Miss Bonner and Miss Cant and 41 students for a trip down the Ardeche river and a stop off on the Mediterranean Coast for a superb water-sports two centre adventure.
Despite an arduous coach journey of nearly 18 hours, once the party arrived in Domaine de Segries they were in high spirits (even if the lack of sleep was beginning to show). After settling in and meeting their instructors it was straight out to the Ardeche river for the first part of the descent.
After three days of kayaking it was off to the Mediterranean coast for sailing, wind-surfing, snorkelling and a whole host of other activities, allowing the students to learn much about themselves and each other, as well as picking up plenty of new skills.
It’s fair to say the trip was an excellent success and I would like to thank all the staff who accompanied me and all the students, who made this trip one to remember.
Emily Stephens (13BH)
This summer I undertook a four week research placement sponsored by the Nuffield Foundation. Each year the organisation provides over 1,000 students in year 12 studying science, technology, engineering and maths the opportunity to work alongside professionals across the UK, in universities, commercial companies, voluntary organisations and research institutions. The placements allow the students a chance to develop their understanding about jobs in their chosen field, particularly in research.