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!

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

FREE Online Safety Session for Parents/Carers at CGSG

We are pleased to be able to offer you a free Online Safety session which is being delivered by a key member of CGSG staff.  The session for parents/carers is due to take place on Monday 21st January 2019, from 6pm to 7pm at CGSG.

 

The aim of the session is to equip parents/carers with information and tips on how to keep your child safe online.

Please click here to view our flyer.

 

Places are limited, so to avoid disappointment, please book early.

 

To book your place, please email MaryMurison@UKATAcademies.org.uk.

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

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New website design for CGSG

We are really excited to be making some new exciting design changes to our CGSG website.

Here are some of the changes that we have introduced to date:

New pages for parents and students

Created a live Twitter feed

Changed the homepage to be more varied

New menu bar

New refreshed logo

New Recruitment page

New side menu bars to make moving between pages easier

New search option on the homepage

Exciting times!