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15th – 19th July 2019

 

Headteacher’s Blog Number 29 : 12th July 2019

We are delighted to announce that The Chase has become one of the first schools in England to be awarded official Computer Hub status by the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE), in order to provide support for primary and secondary computing teachers in schools in the area. It is recognition of the high-quality standards we set in computing education at The Chase and the results we achieve. We are one of only 23 Computing Hubs across England and will be a focal point for local computing training for schools, and will also further develop our links with the Malvern Hills Science Park, Qinetiq and the region’s universities. The NCCE was set up in November 2018 by the Department for Education to increase the number of pupils in schools and colleges who study computer science at GCSE, AS and A level, particularly girls and those in disadvantaged areas, and to ensure that there is a strong pipeline of digital skills in England. This is fantastic news and will really help cement The Chase as one of the area’s leading educational providers.

The other important news to share with you is that The Chase is the first local school to declare its own Climate Emergency, in response to the growing climate change concerns facing the world. We take the threat of increasing temperatures extremely seriously and believe that taking this stance will make it clear to our local counsellors and politicians that our young people have a democratic right to be heard. In declaring an emergency, the school will strive to reduce its carbon footprint, and ensure that the “reduce, reuse, repair and recycle” motto underpins all decision making. Key actions include increasing the knowledge and understanding of climate change across the school community, improving drinking water facilities in order to reduce single use plastic bottles, and offsetting the school’s annual printing consumption by planting trees on the school site or by pledges made by others.

Students will be encouraged to act in accordance with a crisis by considering whether they can walk or bike to school, take public transport, or car share, by making sure they have a re-usable water bottle, and by ensuring that they look after their pens, books and other belongings in order to avoid unnecessary waste.

And finally- as this is my last Headteacher’s blog of 2018-19, I would like to thank everybody for their generous support during the past year. We believe that it has been a very positive and productive year for The Chase as we strive to make this school the best school we possibly can in order to help meet the needs of all of our students. Wishing everybody a fantastic summer holiday…… we will be reopening for business on Wednesday 4th September for our new Year 7 and Year 12 students and Thursday 5th September for all our other students.

ELAs w/c 15th July

Reading Week All Years

Thought for the Week

15th July

Repose: Humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don't allow our bodies, minds and hearts to heal.” Thich Nhat Hanh (b.1926)


 

Celebration & Achievement

6th Form Charity Committee: The Charity Committee have helped to raise a total of £1691.46!

They have raised funds for Pink Day (£659.87), Christmas Jumper Day (Save the Children) (£299.22), Comic Relief (£111.70) and their nominated charity BEAT (£620.67).  A big thank you to the charity committee for all the hard work that they have put in this year.

 

NSSO Workshop: A number of students from The Chase are taking part in a very exciting workshop at Malvern College all week next week. We will be working with the National Schools Symphony Orchestra and Malvern Festival Chorus. The workshop will culminate in a concert at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham on Sunday the 21st of July. Please see the link for more details if you wish to purchase tickets. https://www.thsh.co.uk/event/nsso-25th-anniversary-concert

 

The Chase Jazz Band was invited to perform at the FAME concert at the University of Worcester Arena on Tuesday 9th July. Nobly forsaking the excitement of Sports Day, our students played (and sang!) extremely well and were an example and inspiration to the younger students who had only been learning their instruments for a few months. Well done!

 

Y10 Music: Six of year 10 performed at Holy Trinity Church Summer Fayre on Saturday 6th July: Charles Pavey, Musical Director, commended them for their excellent performance. Well done to Sophie James, Areti Huwiler, Gemma Bradbury, David Hume, Elijah Nixon and Thea Wilson.

 

Congratulations also to:

·         Y9 Commendations were recently awarded to: Florence Power, Owen Sherriff (9BAC), Pascoe Kieran, Chloe Robbins (9BHH), Samuel Cooper, Katherine Nisbet (9EAA), Maddie Green, Jack Halford (9EBC), Yaniv Bames, Jadzia Cashmore (9JDT), Zoe Pickering, Amelia Smith (9JPK), Muna Alsheikh, Damien Moutter (9PCE), Harry Lockton, Isabel Montgomery (9PMH)

·         Y7s Finn Hoare, Genevieve Williams, and Natalie Ryan went to the 2019 Live Canon Children's Poetry Competition in London this weekend, having all made the shortlist.  Natalie Ryan was lucky enough to hear her highly commended poem 'The Lime Tree' read aloud. Well done all!

 

Events 15th – 19th July 2019

Note : Hills Walk Friday 19th July :

Library closed all day : no after school clubs : no afternoon buses

Mon 15th

Staff Christian Prayer Group 08:15

Art Exhibition (all week)

CBBSO @ Malvern College (all week)

Tues 16th

Anti-Bullying Ambassador Training

Weds 17th

Thurs 18th

Fri 19th

HILLS WALK : Last Day of Term

Notices

Attendance: The school’s target for attendance is 95%. Current attendance is 95.2%

 

Should you wish to contact school to inform us of your child’s absence, please either leave a message on the school’s dedicated 24-hour absence line by 10:00am on each day of your child’s absence (01684 891961 and follow the instructions), email school on attendance@chase.worcs.sch.uk or text on 07860 095556. Please ensure that you contact school every day that your child is absent, not just the 1st day.

 

6th form: please ring 01684 898752, alternatively email lmassam@chase.worcs.sch.uk or sixthform@chase.worcs.sch.uk for attendance or any other queries

 

Sporting Results:

Sport

Team

Date

Opponent

Score

Player of the Match

Rounders

Y10

4th July

John Masefield

Won 12-9

Lottie Martin

Rounders

Y9

4th July

John Masefield

Lost 14-15.5

Olivia Stubbs

Rounders

Y8

4th July

John Masefield

Won 8.5-5.5

Hannah Thomas

Rounders

Y7

4th July

John Masefield

Lost 22.5-8.5

 

 

Trip Payments are due for:

·         Food & Cultural Trip Sorrento May 2020 - Non-refundable deposit due now. Monthly payment due 28th July and 28 August.

·         Spanish Exchange 2019/2020 - Non-refundable deposit required by 15th July.

·         Performing Arts Trip to Belgium July 2020 - Non-refundable deposit required by 18th July.

·         Italy Ski trip February 2020 - Monthly payments due 28th July and 28th August- Final balance due 28th September ** Please check ParentPay to ensure that your payments are up to date.

·         Nassfeld Ski trip 2020 - Monthly payments due 28th July and 28th August** Please check ParentPay to ensure that your payments are up to date.

·         Cern A Level Physics Trip March 2020 - Monthly payments due 28th July and 28th August.

·         Sorrento Geography trip April 2020 - Monthly payments required by 28th July and 28th August.

·         Battlefields WW1 Trip April 2020 - Non-refundable deposit required by 18th September.

·         French Exchange 2019/2020 - 2nd payment due by 4th September.

 

For any payment queries, parents can check details on ParentPay or contact the trip leader.

 

If you require your login details for Parent Pay please contact itsupport@chase.worcs.sch.uk

 

Please ensure payments are kept up to date in accordance with the payment schedule for the trip

 

Medical Room: There are still 41 Care Plans overdue for review. If you have received a form regarding this please complete it and return it the Medical Room as soon as possible. There are also still 58 Care Plans outstanding for students whose record shows that they have a medical condition. Please complete the Care Plan you have received and return it to the Medical Room as soon as possible.

 

Completing the form ensures that we give the best care possible for your child in case of a medical emergency therefore it is vital that you complete it.  

 

If you have any questions regarding any of our forms or would like to remove the medical condition from our record please do not hesitate to contact the Medical Room. All our forms are available on the school website. However if you are unable to download it please contact us or send your child in to the Medical Room for one.  If you have any queries or not sure if your child needs a form please do not hesitate to contact the Medical Room Team.

 

Calling Year 11 students: If you have any spare/old Chase PE kit that you no longer require we would be very grateful if you could donate your PE kit, old trainers and shin pads etc. to our spare kit box for both boys and girls. If you are happy to donate any kit, please deliver it to reception. Thank you in advance, the PE department J

 

Careers: Free Apprenticeships Roadshows are running from 12th August – 6th September at various venues:

 

Sports Day results:

 

Friends of The Chase:

Summer Exhibition Opening on Monday 15th July, 6- 8pm in The Hall

Come see art works produced this year by GCSE and A-Level students’.  Friends of The Chase will serve drinks, The Chase Jazz and Malvern Chase Brass bands will perform, and the Second Hand Uniform stall will be available for your perusal.  Come see some art, hear some music and bump into other parents for a chat.  Last year’s exhibition was fantastic, so don’t miss out!

 

Second Hand Uniform Sale 15th July between 6 and 8pm

A huge thanks to everyone who has donated uniform this term.  We made £168.40 at the most recent sale.  Donations are always welcome and we always need ties, PE kit and school jumpers. Donations may be brought to The Chase Main Reception throughout the summer.  There will be an opportunity to purchase second hand uniform on Monday 15th July between 6 and 8pm during the Art Exhibition Opening.  The sale will be in The Concourse.

 

Defibrillator Training with Malvern Heartstart

The Chase School is the site of a new defibrillator and Heartstart Malvern would like to get as many people trained to use it as possible. Heartstart is offering two training sessions during the holidays for anyone aged 11 and up.  The session will be on Tuesday 30th July and Tuesday 13th August from 10am until 12pm at St Andrews Church.  To find out more and register, please visit: http://www.heartstartmalvern.org.uk/book_a_course.htm

 

£1,736.83 raised so far with The Co-op!

A big thank you to everyone who has supported The Chase through the Co-op this year!  This project continues through October, so keep shopping.  You can support The Chase by becoming a member of The Co-op and choosing The Friends of The Chase as the charity you wish to support.  All money raised through the Co-op will go to the refurbishment of Music Room 3 and the purchase of new IT to support students’ music learning. To join go to: https://www.coop.co.uk/membership?utm_source=coop.co.uk&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=CoopNavLink&utm_content=Become+a+member

 

Would you like to win £25,000?

92 supporters of The Chase School Lottery currently hold 126 tickets between them.  Remember, for just £1 per week, you will be in with a chance of winning The Chase School Lottery’s weekly jackpot and will be entered for a weekly national draw for £25,000.  To join go to: https://www.yourschoollottery.co.uk/lottery/school/the-chase-school

 

Call for Volunteers

Friends of The Chase is getting organised for next year.  We have a fantastic group of volunteers who help in lots of different ways and always have room for more.  We need volunteers to help with serving teas and coffees at parents’ evenings, selling second hand uniform, and helping out at events like Quiz ‘n’ Chips and The Christmas Fair.  If you would like to join our bank of volunteers, please email friendsofthechase@gmail.com

 

Reminders

Lost Property : in order to try and reunite lost items with their owners, please make sure all items are clearly named. We cannot accept responsibility for any items that are lost. Items that have not been collected or reunited with their owners after 6 weeks will be donated to charity.

 

Contact details : please make sure we have up-to-date contact details for you to ensure we can contact you in the event of an emergency, especially if your child is unwell and needs collecting.  To update your details, email office@chase.worcs.sch.uk

 

Next bulletin due 13th September 2019