CGSG with Street Photography Rochester

Street Photography Rochester is planning to work alongside students from Delce Academy and Chatham Grammar School for Girls to change perceptions of Rochester.

This will be done by interactive photo walks which will build in technique and create a foundation of photography skills. Photography has the potential to improve mental health, raise aspirations, increase confidence and provide transferable skills to the wider world, as well as help people to love where they live and feel more positive about their community.

After the students have completed the course, an exhibition of the photographs will be organised in conjunction with Little Roc Cafe and Gallery. This exhibition will also be open to the public to view, to which parents and carers are welcome.

There are also plans to show a short documentary film of the project, through collaboration with Rochester Film Society. This project will take place next Spring.

Crowdfunding link: https://www.spacehive.com/rochester-street-photography-project

Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award 2018/19 Now Recruiting!

Have you got what it takes?

Chatham Grammar School for Girls would like to start offering the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award to students who have completed their Bronze Award and to Year 10, 11 and 12 students who are new to the Duke of Edinburgh Programme. No previous experience is necessary, we’ll train you!

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is the world’s leading achievement award for young people, and is highly regarded by Universities, Colleges and Employers. It encourages young people to develop independence, commitment, leadership and teamwork through being involved in a personalised programme of activities.

You can find out more about the DofE Silver Award at CGSG on our DofE page: http://www.chathamgirlsgrammar.medway.sch.uk/duke-of-edinburgh-award/

or alternatively the Duke of Edinburgh Award website also has more details on the Award, and what each section involves: www.dofe.org

Costs

  • Registration fee £30

  • Practice Expedition - £70

  • Assessed Expedition - £70

  • Kit Hire Fee (If kit is required) - £10 per expedition

  • Kit Hire Refundable Deposit (If kit is required) - £50 per expedition

A registration fee of £30 goes to enroll your child on the DofE Award. They will receive a Welcome Pack to complete and an electronic place on the eDofE system, along with a badge and certificate on completion of the DofE Programme, which is normally presented at Rochester Cathedral during our celebratory presentation evening.

Each Expedition on the Silver Award costs £70. This pays for the campsites, staff and admin for the weekend ventures. There will be two ventures as part of their Programme.

Expedition Dates for 2019

  • Silver Practice Expedition Thursday 2nd – Saturday 4th May 2019

  • Silver Assessed Expedition Thursday 9th – Saturday 11th May 2019

You will receive further details on the Expeditions closer to the time.

Twitter

We now have a Duke of Edinburgh Twitter page which we use to post student and parent/carer news in addition to all of our usual platforms. You can follow us on @cgsg_dofe

The deadline for applicants on to the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award is Thursday 31st January 2019. If this is something that you would be interested in please see Miss Newington in L2 or alternativly you can sign up on www.parentpay.com

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate the DofE team at any time at dofe@chathamgirlsgrammar.medway.sch.uk

The Medway Sports Award 2018

The Medway Sports Awards 2018 shines a light on the achievements of Medway's finest sportsmen and women from clubs, teams and individuals to coaches, volunteers and teachers.

Gold, silver and bronze award winners were announced at the gala awards evening at MidKent College on Friday 14 December 2018.

Chatham Grammar School for Girls were amongst the nominees for the Best Secondary School PE Department of the Year category and fantastically were awarded the 2nd place silver award!

Mr Denness, head of PE and Mrs Burbridge were there to collect the amazing award.

Sponsors were very impressed with both teacher’s application within PE and the impact that they have made in just one year!

A big congratulations!

Online Safety and Bullying Performance

At Chatham Grammar School for Girls we take online safety and bullying seriously.

On Thursday 14th December 2018 we were very pleased to invite in a performance company, The Prime Agency, who ran an exciting educational roadshow all about bullying and online safety.

Year 7, 8 and all Online Safety ambassadors enjoyed the performance and were given really informative and relevant information around the topics of online safety and bullying. Students also enjoyed some live singing performances and were encouraged to join in with a range of question and answer sections to the show.

Strictly Come Reading Competition

Chatham Grammar School for Girls has just hosted its first Strictly Come Reading competition, and its success was so great it is now guaranteed to be an annual event!

This competition is a chance for students to enhance their reading and performance skills.

Hosted in the hall, the event offers students an opportunity to push themselves - and their expectations of themselves - on stage in front of the entirety of year 7 and 8 and a panel of judges, encouraging them to overcome fears of public performance.

The library’s aim in this competition is, of course, to encourage confident reading, but also to improve public speaking, and the faith in one’s own voice, teaching skills that will outlast many years at school and beyond into further education and employment – something very much needed for our young women.

Stepping onto the stage this year were eleven competitors, of whom emerged three victors, eager to claim the trophies – Naomi, year 8, 1st place; Hannah, year 8, 2nd place; and Maddison, year 8, 3rd place. Naomi claimed first prize with a fantastically unique rendition of the poem “A Red, Red Rose” by Robert Burns, wowing our three judges and the audience. The remaining competitors all did astonishingly well, and were so proud of themselves for getting up on stage and performing through their nerves!

Examination Certificates

Dear Student

Re: Examination Certificates

The certificates for examinations taken during the Summer 2018 season are available for collection from the school’s Main Reception. 

You will be asked to sign and date an acknowledgement sheet to confirm receipt of your certificate(s).

If you cannot collect these in person, you can authorise someone else to collect them on your behalf but they must have a letter from you giving us permission, to release your certificates to them. 

Certificates will be kept at the school for one year only.  After this time they will be destroyed.

Please check the details on your certificate(s) are correct.  If there are any errors you should return the certificate to Mrs Nevin immediately with a letter detailing what changes need to be made.  Corrections will not be possible unless the original certificate is returned. 

Your certificates are important documents which need to be kept safe.  If you lose your certificates you will have to pay for replacements from the Examination Board. 

Yours sincerely

 Mrs S Nevin

Exams Officer

CGSG Choir Singing Carols at Medway Hospital

Chatham Grammar Choir Singing at Medway Hospital’s Christmas Fair and Light Switch On.

Chatham Grammar Choir were invited to perform at Medway Hospital’s Christmas Fair that took place on Friday 7th December.

Patients, visitors, staff and local residents really enjoyed the live performance and the variety of Christmas songs they performed really got everyone in the festive spirit.

The Mayor of Medway commented on how talented the girls were, that they were a credit to the school and asked for an encore.

Due to the girls singing success, they were then asked to sing with the Salvation Army Band and lead the carols at the official Christmas tree light switch on. Even though this was unexpected, the girls handled this with great professionalism.

We have been invited back next year, and hope to take part in other events with Medway Hospital throughout the year.

Year 8 Student wrote:

What an amazing experience it was to sing with my school Choir this afternoon at Hempstead Valley.

It was a great opportunity to raise money for children at Demelza Hospice. We sang many Christmas carols but overall my favourite one was Jingle Bell Rock because we all sang it most confidently. It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces as people stopped to see us and listen to our singing. I really hope the money we raised will help children and their families in need.

I’m excited for Friday to show our amazing singing at Medway Hospital to cheer up patients and visitors.

CGSG Choir
CGSG Choir 2

Woman in Black Theatre Trip Review

On Tuesday 4th December Chatham Grammar School for Girls GCSE Drama students went to watch the Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre in London.

One of the West End’s longest-running plays, The Woman in Black has been terrifying audiences in London since 1989. Based on Susan Hill’s novel of the same name, The Woman in Black tells the story of Arthur Kipps, a solicitor who is sent to the remote town of Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of a client, during which he sees a mysterious woman dressed in black. He is tasked with sorting his client’s papers, and so visits Eel Marsh House where she used to live. In the play, Kips enlists the assistance of an actor to help tell the unsettling things he witnessed. 

A student review of the performance:

I found the performance really entertaining and scary. It was very effective as it had a small cast of 3 talented actors, two men and one mysterious woman. The play was very simple but the incredible acting allowed the audiences' imagination to come alive.

The set was very minimal but effective as the sparse stage created an old-fashioned eerie atmosphere and the close proximity of the actors to the audience made the audience feel involved in the action.

The fact that it was a play within a play made the audience question reality, the sound effects complimented the action and assisted in creating tension.

Overall all I really enjoyed the play and out trip to London it was a fun day out and has given me lots of ideas of what to write in my theatre review for my GCSE written paper. 

CGSG Choir Support Demelza House Children's Hospice

Our Choir were invited to perform at the Demelza Christmas Choir Day that took place on Monday 3rd December at Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre. The girls sang a variety of different Christmas songs and whilst the choir were singing, they held a bucket collection to raise money for Demelza Hospice Care for Children. Shoppers commented about how great they sounded, and how well presented they looked. We have been invited back to sing again next year and hope to raise even more money next time!

Emily (Year 8) wrote:

What an amazing experience it was to sing with my school Choir this afternoon at Hempstead Valley.

It was a great opportunity to raise money for children at Demelza Hospice. We sang many Christmas carols but overall my favourite one was Jingle Bell Rock because we all sang it very confidently. It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces as people stopped to see us and listen to our singing. I really hope the money we raised will help children and their families in need.

I’m excited for Friday to show our amazing singing at Medway Hospital to cheer up patients and visitors.

CGSG Sporting Success!

Netball:

At the beginning of November, Walderslade Girls School visited CGSG for some netball fixtures. Well done to all girls that played; the results were fantastic. Year 8 team won 15-5 and under 16 team (Year 10 and 11) won 21-1. Lots of goals scored and our defending could not be faulted. The next fixtures will be after February half term, please speak to the PE department for further details.

Handball:

We have incorporated handball into Core PE and GCSE PE and we are now running a successful after school club on a Wednesday evening. On Thursday 29th November, two teams headed to Medway Park for the annual Secondary School Games Handball Competition which had a total of 39 teams, 390 participants and 127 games!

We had a fantastic day with amazing results. The Year 7 and 8 team won every game they played and won against Rainham Mark in the play offs. They received gold medals, a trophy and have been invited to represent Medway in the Kent Finals in February. The Year 9 and 10 team won six out of eight games and were very surprised (and excited) when they were told that they came 3rd in the presentation and all received bronze medals.

'Lest We Forget' - Year 8 History Research Project

Poppy (Year 8) wrote:

As part of our History homework in Term 2, we were asked to research the name of someone who fought in World War 1, either from our own family or from a local war memorial. We were then asked to complete their details using a silhouette of a soldier for a commemorative display.

We were asked to do this as our act of remembrance and to commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1 in 1918. I went home and told my dad what I had to do, and he told me that his great, great uncle Lewis Francis Starmer, was in the Army Cyclist Corps. Lewis was just eighteen years old when he joined the British Army in 1914, the year the ‘Great War’ started. Sadly, he died on the 3rd April 1918, just seven months before the Great War ended.

Lewis was in the ‘Army Cyclist Corps’; his role in WW1 was delivering messages to different bases of soldiers, on a bike, and sometimes he used his binoculars to spy on the enemy. Unfortunately, he was shot in the chest, near his heart, whilst cycling on his bike. At the time of being shot, Lewis had a map of Northern Europe in his breast pocket.

I then discovered in a box of the following items; Lewis’ medals from WW1, letters to his parents informing them that Lewis had died in the war and where he was buried, a map that was in his pocket when he was shot in the chest, (you can even see the hole where the bullet went through), as well as photos of him with his family.

I had a look at his medals, and then did some research and discovered what each medal was awarded for. For example, he received the ‘1914-1915 Star’ medal, for service in specified theatres of war between 5th August 1914 and 31st December 1915. I then shared my family’s story and the box of artefacts in a lesson.

Lewis didn’t have any children, or even get married, and he died very young. However, we will always remember those who died and fought in the war, including Lewis Francis Starmer, 1896-1918.

CCF Honours Remembrance Sunday

On a very cold, damp and windy day, sixty cadets from Chatham Grammar School for Girls and Brompton Academy Combined Cadet Force readied themselves, under the Contingent Commander and fellow instructors, for the Remembrance Parade. Berets adjusted, belts tightened and poppies fitted, formed in three ranks the cadets marched smartly down to the Gillingham War Memorial where they took up their place amongst fellow cadet units representing the RAF, Navy, Scouts and the Regular Army.

Our wreath layers, Evelyn and Charlotte from Chatham Grammar School for Girls, and Adam and Keane from Brompton Academy had been selected, the girls having gone through an intense drill competition to get the honour! After waiting patiently, their moment came and they did not disappoint - such pride, excitement and no doubt a lot of relief after they laid their wreaths.

We marched to St Mark’s Church along Gillingham High Street to lines of applause from the public and proud parent/carers who turned out to support their children.

A great service concluded the day. It is always a great honour to be able to represent the University of Kent Academies Trust on such a great occasion.

Bus Updates - MY6 and MY7

Please find attached updated timetable for the MY6 and MY7 from September to reflect changing school times. 

Please note that from September 3 2018 until November 26 2018, MY6 will be diverted via Marshall Road, Rainham, as Edwin Road Rainham, will be closed for gas main replacement works. Buses will come down the top section of Edwin Road then turn into Marshall Road. Any students in the Edwin Road area who require the MY6 bus service should board at existing bus stops in Edwin Road near to Durham Road or the A2. ASD will also pick students up from halfway down Marshall Road by Sylvain Road.

Amazing Brains Tour

Year 10 were joined by special guests Dave Keeling, a comedian and motivational speaker, and Miss Price with Monty the dog, our Mindfulness experts! Students enjoyed a very inspiring talk from Dave who discussed a range of ideas, from how our brains work, to the effects of stress on the brain and how to really make the most of your education. Miss Price and Monty then led students through some mindful breathing techniques that left students feeling calm and focused. It was a really inspiring session with students leaving feeling positive and motivated ready for the most important year which commences in September 2018- Year 11!

Medway Test - Mindfulness

September is right around the corner and so is the Medway 11+ test. In this stressful time for students as well as parents and carers, we want to support you. With a few spots left on our last Mindfulness sessions before the test, all you need to do is pick a date and contact Ginny at
GinnyBrennan@UKATAcademies.org.uk or you can phone Ginny on 01634 583549 to book your place! Free of charge and individual sessions not only for students, but also for parents and carers. Dates & details can be found in the first picture below.

Buy how can Mindfulness help you and your children manage your stress to enhance your health + wellbeing? Earlier this summer, we asked Angela Daly, CGSG's summer Mindfulness sessions instructor, to answer some questions that we thought would answer yours. Find out more about Mindfulness in the pictures below!

International Space Project

International Space School Educational Trust (ISSET)

The International Space School Educational Trust (ISSET) is a registered UK charity founded in 1998 that works in partnership with some of the world’s leading space organisations to deliver unique learning opportunities for people of all ages. Each of their programmes offer something unique, whether it be on an international expedition learning from some of the greatest minds in the world or our unique Mission Discovery challenge where you can send your experiment into Space. Through close working relationships with different aerospace organisations ISSET lets you team up with astronauts, rocket scientists and leading business professionals at the highest level. We are proud to announce that the University of Kent are funding 4 students from our school to attend this prestigious Space School programme. It is a Monday to Friday residential costing £1,000 per student being held at Kings College. The application process has just been launched for Year 10 and 12 … What a great opportunity! You can download your application form here and apply ASAP!  Deadline is Friday 8th June.

Application Form for Mission Discovery Project is here.

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UK Mathematics Challenge

We are incredibly proud of our Year 11 students for their achievements in the UK Mathematics Trust’s Intermediate Challenge, which took place on 1st February.

Five students received a Bronze Certificate, three achieved Silver and three achieved the highest award of Gold.

Nationwide, over 250,000 students from 3,000 different schools took the test. Students had one hour to answer twenty-five varied multiple choice mathematical problems with the top scorers invited to take part in further competitions.

Our three students who were awarded Gold have subsequently taken part in another competition and we are looking forward to receiving the results. This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to stimulate their mathematical thinking and to enhance their problem-solving skills. Well done to everyone who took part.

The certificate winners were:

Aditi, Helen, Kathleen, Rebecca, Lucy, Rebecca, Katie, Lucy, Amy, Shreya and Laura.

 

 

Amazing Brains Tour 2018

We are really excited about our new Amazing Brains Tour that will be starting in Term 6 with the excellent Dave Keeling, writer, educational speaker and comedian.  We are taking our Amazing Brains Tour across primary schools in Kent and Medway to promote confidence, boost self esteem and educate Year 5 students with the wonders of their very own powerhouses - the complexities of the brain.  If you are interested in finding our more about this new project please contact Jo Price who will be pleased to share dates and schools that will be visited!  

Please see our flyer detailing our Amazing Brains Tour that starting very soon!