Secondary School Games

Since September, CGSG have competed in 11 secondary school games events. Thanks to coming 2nd in the District Athletics event we were leaders of the overall league by just 1 point. Rainham Girls have won SSG 9 years in a row up to this point and this would have been there 10th year! This is a massive achievement with it being only our 2nd year entering! Last year we finished 3rd and schools were definitely aware this year of CGSG which made it even more difficult for us. This puts added pressure on the team but when you have results like this it makes it worth it. The buzz last week for the staff and students was an unbelievable feeling. The students put in 110% effort to trainings and all competitions we have entered. They are encouraging of their team mates, show sportsmanship and are a credit to the school and we are incredibly proud of their achievements and hope it will continue.

SSG Overall Leader Board:

1st: Chatham Grammar School for Girls: 119 points

2nd: Rainham Girls: 118 points

3rd: Brompton Academy: 87 points

4th: Rainham Mark Grammar: 86 points

5th: Fort Pitt: 77 points

6th: Hundred of Hoo: 68 points

7th: Walderslade Girls and Strood Academy: 66 points

9th: Thomas Aveling: 53 points

10th: Robert Napier and Rochester Grammar: 36 points

12th: Victory: 17 points

13th: Saint Johns Fisher: 13 points

Summer Concert

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We are very lucky to have some very talented students, who displayed their skills in our Summer Music Concert.

Eden from Year 7 was talent spotted by another parent/carer to possibly sing a theme tune for a children's programme he is producing.

We look forward to seeing their talent blossom in our next school production!

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Celebrating Culture

Keona and Soso Year 7 write:

‘In Tutor Time, we were given a task to prepare a presentation about ethnic minorities, and we used our initiative to make it our own. We decided that we wanted to bring our own culture/backgrounds- Ghana, Nigeria and Jamaica into the presentation to make it more interesting.

We came to the decision that we should do a food tasting activity! We wanted to keep it as a surprise for our class, so we didn’t tell anyone.

The day of the project we were so excited!!

We brought in jollof rice, plantain, BBQ chicken and puff puff. 97% of the class liked it, which we really appreciated. Some even asked for more!

“I really enjoyed it especially the banana thing (plantain)” said Erin”.

This project allowed us to become closer to our peers, and encouraged us to be more confident in sharing our ideas. Thank you Miss Furnell for giving us this opportunity.’

Royal Engineers Open Day

The Royal School of Military Engineering at Brompton Barracks opened up it’s doors to over two hundred cadets from all over the South East of England. The day was organised to display their core skills by means of demonstration and interaction through the trades.

Our cadets were very excited about the day’s events. After a briefing from the Commanding Officer we were paired with Tunbridge Wells Girls Grammar and made our way to the first stand – Bricklaying! We were put into teams of four, and shown how to build a square with mini-bricks. The students were amazing and our team led by Varinder won! Students also conducted electrical tests and even operated a JCB. The main event was rowing whilst playing Fox, Chicken and Seed. Unfortunately, their rowing skills were not that of a well drilled team of marines!

After learning about bomb disposal and playing with the search dogs, it was time to call it a day. The cadets had a wonderful time and can’t wait for their next trip to Lydd for adventure training.

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CGSG Library

It’s been a busy term in the Chatham Grammar School Library, and looks set to be even busier in Term 6! Here are some of the activities which have been going on.

Redesign a Book Cover Competition

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Students were asked to delve deep into their creativity to redesign the covers of two classic books: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, and Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens. The current covers of the books are bland and boring, so the students were asked to create something interesting and fresh! We had some fantastic entries from various year groups; all using different medias and techniques, and it was so hard to choose the winners! The eventual winners with two spectacular designs were Precious and Drishya, both in Year 9, who came away wearing the 2019’s book cover crowns. They won sets of colouring pencils and drawing pencils, and both will have their cover printed and put on the books, ready to inspire new readers to turn the pages!

Guess the Book in the Jar Competition

Students dived into the game of guessing classic books from clues hidden inside numbered jars. We had a mad dash the first break time – and received several completed entries in fifteen minutes! We’ll intend to make it more of a challenge next time!

Medway Libraries Membership Signup

We held an event with Medway Libraries to encourage students who live in Medway to sign up for membership. Students were informed of the many benefits, including access to a wealth of books over the summer holidays, and access to their supply of eBooks and Audiobooks via the Overdrive App. It was a massively successful event, with many students now able to utilise online resources – and the extra bonus was the slice of cake they gave us!

We will also be hosting a Medway Libraries volunteering information event for students to come and find out more about volunteering in their local libraries over the summer holidays.

Strictly Come Public Speaking Club

Our brave members have had a challenge this term – writing a five-minute speech on a subject of their choice, ready for an internal competition next term. Students have been writing about complex topics like mental health, disabilities and prejudices. We look forward to hearing the results of their hard work!

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Author Visit at Medway Library

CGSG and BA students were both invited to attend an event, held at Medway Libraries, where they could meet Andrew Cartmel, author of the graphic novel series, ‘The Vinyl Detective’ books, and TV show script editor for ‘Doctor Who’ (Sylvester McCoy-era). He answered their questions about his experiences with publishing, his career in writing and they certainly picked his brain for writing tips! The event was a huge success and we are looking forward to the next author visit in June.

Redecorations!

The Returned Books box has had a makeover – the epitome of up-cycling! This is the product of some unwanted comics, old books, and a tired old cupboard in need of some TLC. This is all part of a multitude of decoration changes that have been happening in the last year and a half – and there are more to come!

World Book Day Funds

Chatham Grammar held a tag day for World Book Day, with all proceeds being divided between the school library and The Beanstalk Charity, which offers children support with literacy. We raised an astonishing amount for our library, and the students have been writing down suggestions for some new books that they would love to read.

Students have also been generously donating their unwanted books to the library for others to read – we have had dozens of amazing donations that have been eagerly picked up and read since this started.

Year 11 Exam Support

There is currently a table in the library for the Year 11 to come and access revision guides, get some flashcards, and pick up a leaflet with advice about how to look after themselves during this stressful period.

Reading Club

There is a reading club now being held on Wednesdays after school. The students have read their way through a couple of smaller books and we will be starting on Benjamin Zephaniah’s Terror Kid in the last week of Term 5. This club provides a fantastic opportunity for the students to discover new books, socialise with other students in different years, and improve on spoken literacy confidence, as well as confidence in reading generally.

DofE Bronze Award

Our Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award participants completed their practice training session and then their assessed expedition at the end of last term. This included a practice walk around Bluebell Hill, learning First Aid, the Country Code, tent pitching and cooking on trangias during the first week, followed by a two day expedition using their new skills the week after.

This was a joint UKAT DofE expedition with a record sixty-one students from CGSG, and we are extremely proud of all the students who passed their Bronze expedition. This term and next we will be seeing the presentations from the groups and signing off their volunteering, skills and physical sections.

Lucy Year 9 writes:

‘Our DofE group had an amazing and inspirational time. From the beginning we set off in good spirits, walking through fields and up hills with everyone supporting each other as we arrived at the checkpoints along the way. But then we took an accidental detour and met an amazing dog named Daisy! We finally found Miss Newington and had a water refill. We continued for another couple of hours walking through the fields and helping each other through the tougher times. We used the technique of ‘don’t stop singing’ and it worked amazingly.

Then it was everyone’s favourite time, lunch time! We found a beautiful orchard field to sit and have our pack-ups for the day, waited for half an hour and set off again. A couple of hours later, we reached the campsite, it was freezing and started to rain, but we continued to sing! We got first pick of the camp site and pitched our tents before it started to tip it down! Then we proceeded to hide in our tents and play card games while we waited for the rain to stop.

Finally, the time had come to brace the weather and go out to cook. Bella and I had hot dogs while Niamh, MJ and Lauren had carbonara. It was a surprisingly good meal! Then it was time to go to sleep ready for the next day. We had a very good sleep. In the morning, we were up early at 6:30am and began to get ready. We had pancakes and porridge for breakfast which prepared us for the day. We set off on our journey, but once again we almost immediately ran into an issue which led to a one-hour detour, but we later managed to make up this time. We persevered with the support of our group and got through the rest of the hike without any further problems. We had our pack-up lunch and a quick power nap before completing our expedition. DofE has taught us all many valuable skills including teamwork, communication, time management, organisation, but most importantly perseverance. We struggled at times, but in the end we’ve come out with an amazing achievement that we will cherish forever.

Kent Sport Grant

Chatham Grammar School for Girls has been successful in receiving funding from Kent Sport. This funding will provide a new sport opportunity playing Futsal (indoor football). Students can participate on Fridays after school. Attendance was great last term of around 15-25 students attending each week. We received new Futsals, bibs and markers to help develop the skills and knowledge of the game.

We would like to thank Kent Sport for funding us £264!

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Year 10 Work Experience

Amy Year 10 writes:

‘Bonjour! I have recently spent the week working as a Teaching Assistant in our French department, and have really been enjoying it.

When Year 10 were given the opportunity to have a week of work experience, I was eager to try teaching, as it is something I have always wanted to do and I would like to be a teacher in the future.

Throughout the week I’ve been doing various jobs for the teachers in the language department, such as helping in some Year 7 and 8 lessons, designing some new display boards for our corridor, and these tasks have definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone! I’ve noticed that my confidence levels have grown as I have got more used to answering questions in class and talking to the staff, and I’ve found it really interesting to learn about the job that I want to do in the future.

This has also been an excellent opportunity for me to practice my French speaking and listening skills, and revisit previous topics. Overall I have truly loved this experience, and it has inspired me to work harder towards my career path for the future.’

Snowdonia 2019

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At 8:30am on Sunday 12th May in glorious sunshine, eight eager A’ Level students started a week to remember, the week would end up including walking around thirty miles, scaling heights of 1050 metres and climbing waterfalls.

Our journey took us to various locations chosen by the students to collect data for their Non-Examined Assessments (NEAs). They included; Parys Mountain, a disused Copper mine, The Afon Nant Peris, Cwm Idwal, Lllanberis and Mount Snowdon. The copper mine was our starting point for the week with water samples taken from the small lakes to test a range of things including PH levels. The site of the copper mine was both beautiful, with all of the rock exposed, but also sad where the mountain had been destroyed.

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After the copper mine, we moved on to the Afon Nant Peris for a river study, but not without a quick stop at Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch on the way to see what all of the fuss was about.

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Day two saw a visit to the SSSI mountain of Cwm Idwal, which allowed for various studies and a good opportunity for revision of their glacial landscapes study. We were also treated to a frequent display of RAF jets training in the skies above us, and sometimes below us.

Day three and four saw studies in Llanberis at the foot of Snowdon, and on Mount Snowdon collecting huge amounts of data, even getting questionnaires completed on the summit. For some this was their first mountain top experience, and was undoubtedly a huge success.

Purple Friday

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On Friday 10th May, Chatham Grammar School for Girls turned purple for a day to raise money for The Wisdom Hospice, Rochester.

The event was organised by Personal Tutor Group 10Pt2 and was a great success. Events included a purple themed TAG day, raffle, cake sale and ‘Guess the Teacher’s Baby Photo Quiz’. Mrs Knight kindly donated her marathon money to the cause, taking our grand total up to £4,810. An amazing achievement and a huge thank you to everyone who supported the event.

Year 10 Paris Trip

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During the first evening of our trip we visited Montparnasse Tower, which was a short walk from our hostel. The height was overwhelming but the view from the top was stunning, and we all really enjoyed it. We could see a lot of famous French buildings from the top, such as the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower (which lit up every hour)

We spent the second day in Paris with our ambassadors from the University of Kent, who gave us a tour of the city. We tried French cuisine, walked down by the river Seine and saw the Notre Dame, and overall it was a calm but amazing day. The river was beautiful in the sunny weather we had, and the historic buildings around it added to the breath-taking view. We also visited la musée de l’Orangerie in the morning and were given a quiz to complete as we walked around. Some of the paintings there were extremely pretty and some were just really quirky, and it was an interesting visit for all of us.

During the third day we went to a French market place via the Metro, and I really enjoyed it there. There were dozens of stalls all trying to sell their products, and it was a busy but exciting atmosphere. We then visited a local shopping centre in Paris, and although it took a while to get there it was definitely worth the journey. There were quite a few shops to look round so most of us ended up spending our euros! That same evening the hostel was holding a disco for those staying there, so most of us joined in. It ended up being really fun and overall a great night.

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On our fourth day in Paris we went to a nearby restaurant to have lunch before we left for England. We all tried something new there and most of us ended up really liking it… some people even tried snails! After collecting our bags from the hostel and travelling to the station by the Metro, we arrived at the Eurostar. Due to delays we had a long wait, although we managed to keep ourselves entertained most of the time. By the time we arrived back in England we were exhausted from our busy trip, and I think we can all agree that it was an unforgettable experience!

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Super 8 Athletics

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On Wednesday 22nd May, our year 7 Athletics team competed at Medway Park at the Secondary School Games 'Super 8' event. The girls had to compete in 1 track event, 1 field event and 1 relay. The girls were very motivated and had been practicing their events for the competition.

We are extremely happy that they won the competition and all came home with gold medals. For most of the girls, this was the first time they have represented the school and they are looking forward to the upcoming District Athletics competition in June. This has also secured our place at the top of the Medway SSG League table as we are now 3 points ahead of Rainham Girls who are 2nd. We have 2 events left in the league, cricket on Thursday 20th June and District on Thursday 27th June. 

 

Super 8 Athletics Team:

Bianca, Jessica, Zainab, Erin, Anjola, Keria, Esther and Soso

The Little Library

Students and staff are invited to use the Little Library, which is coming soon to CGSG. We have a collection of books suitable for all ages, from babies right through primary school! They can be borrowed so students can practise reading aloud to younger siblings or to listen to them read. Brilliant ways to boost reading fluency and highlight the importance of reading at home!

Borrow a book… read and enjoy… then simply pop it back to the Little Library.

Great little books for the little people at home.

Music at CGSG

A date for your diary - Chatham Grammar Summer Music Concert

We have great pleasure in inviting you to join us for our Summer Concert on Monday 8th July 2019

Students have been working very hard within their music lessons and during extra-curricular activities to learn a variety of pieces for this celebratory occasion.

More information and tickets will be available through ParentPay after the May break.

Ms Coupe is on the lookout for students who would like to perform a solo in the concert.

She will be holding auditions on Thursday 16th May 3:15pm

If your daughter is interested in auditioning, please email Ms Coupe here

CGSG Visit to Ypres

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During Term 4, the English department organised a trip to Ypres in Belgium to experience the history of war and support students who were analysing War Poetry.


A Year 8 student Sandra wrote:

‘The trip to Ypres was unlike anything I had experienced before. The new knowledge I have gained, and the powerful emotion I felt on the trip is difficult for me to put into words - it was both exciting yet saddening to learn about at the same time.

The first part of our journey began in France. We visited the Thiepval Memorial which commemorates the missing British and South African soldiers whose bodies were never found, so they were never able to receive a set grave.

There are 72,337 names of fallen soldiers but sometimes those names can get “rubbed out” once their bodies have been found and identified. Behind the memorial, there was a graveyard; on the right hand-side the British were buried underneath a tombstone, whereas the French were buried underneath a cross. It was fascinating to learn about how many soldiers from the Battle of the Somme alone were never found.

Once we had a look around Thiepval, we then proceeded to embark to our next destination of Lochnagar Crater. A mine explosion on the 1st July 1916 formed the crater, on the very first day of the Battle of the Somme! It is the largest man-made crater from the First World War. Along the perimeter of the crater there is a crossing with the names of the soldiers who died within this area.

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My favourite fact from this part of the trip was the name of one woman on the tile- she was a German nurse who secretly helped the Triple Entente troops. Sadly, she got caught and was killed by the Germans.

The final part of our time in France was spent visiting the German cemetery. This taught me that although the French and German were enemies, the French still had the decency to bury the German troops- that shows true respect to me. However, because the French and Germans were still enemies, the French decided to bury four German troops in one grave. This seems to demonstrate that the French were both respectful and also defiant as they still weren’t “handing themselves over” to the Germans.

For the second part of our trip we went to Belgium. The first place we visited was the Ypres Salient; where one of the biggest battles in World War One was fought. Following on, we moved on to the Essex Farm where there are 1,200 servicemen buried.

A few steps away from the graveyard is the place where John McCrae wrote his famous poem “In

Flanders Field”.

It was fascinating to be standing in the same place where the outstanding McCrae wrote such an emotional and moving poem. Afterwards we visited Tyne Cot, which bears the name of 35,000 men from Britain and New Zealand who fought and died in the “Bloody Battle of Passchendaele”. It was a huge cemetery, it stretched out as far as the eye could see. It was very poignant that so many men risked their lives for a war that helped shape our future today.

The final wreath laying was extremely emotional because so many different generations came together to show their respects to remember the fallen.

The fun event of the trip was chocolate shopping in Belgium!

On the last day we went to the Poperinge Execution Cells which is still tattooed with the graffiti of men who were sentenced to death; suffering in silence from PTSD and shell-shock!

We went to Hill 62 Sanctuary Wood Museum and the trenches were dirty with muddy water that sometimes went past the ankle which shocked us a few times! We went through old tunnels and now we understand why the trenches were in a zig zag style and not a straight line; if the enemy came he wouldn’t be able to shoot straight down and injure/kill everyone in his path.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. I feel more prepared for my examinations by having seen the trenches and war memorials. I feel empathy with what soldiers went through and, I still feel emotional to this day from visiting all the graveyards and remembering the fallen that fought for us.”

5 Week Pledge

CGSG staff have committed to show their support and solidarity with Year 11 and commit to a five-week pledge.

Over the next few weeks, teachers will be swimming, walking, knitting and running their way to a goal they have set themselves. Over ten members of staff have made a pledge to demonstrate to students that a lot can be achieved in five weeks.

Pledges range from Ms Walters learning a piece of music on the trombone, Mrs Grimes training to run two miles without stopping, Mrs Lettington knitting a pair of socks and Mrs Shillitoe and Mrs Parsons aiming to walk one hundred miles each by the end of the five weeks. Students will be given weekly updates in Personal Tutoring and can follow the progress of staff on Twitter by following @Year11CGSG.

If we can do this, Year 11 can do anything!