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18th – 29th November 2019

 

 

Headteacher’s Blog Number 32 15th November 2019

 

One of our key responsibilities in school is to prepare our students for life in the work place and provide them with a range of skills which will help with their employability. This week in school has been ‘Staying on in Education’ focus week which has been directed at our Year 11 students, in getting them to think about being prepared for life beyond Year 11……legally, all students must now stay in education or in some form of training until the age of 18, and thus it is important that we provide our students with the range of options available to them in South Worcestershire. We encourage students to consider these options and have a Plan B available in case they are unsuccessful in achieving the necessary grades to pursue their preferred choice. Over 60% of our students remain at The Chase in our outstanding Sixth Form (the highest performing school sixth form in the county in 2019) and we would hope that students certainly consider continuing with their education at The Chase. We would like to invite students and parents to attend our forthcoming Sixth Form Open Evening on Wednesday 20th November between 7-9pm to see the wide range of opportunities that we offer. During this week we have held mock interviews for our Year 11 students, utilising a range of employers from outside of school, together with holding a ‘Next Steps’ careers event, in which a range of college and training providers have been in school to meet with the students. I must also mention the ‘Big Assembly’ event which the school successfully hosted last week- in which careers in engineering and STEM based occupations was the theme and involved a panel of engineers being interviewed and questioned by our students. This event was live streamed and broadcast to over 50,000 students across the country and was a great opportunity in which to showcase The Chase.

 

The Chase Christmas Fair organised by the Friends of The Chase will take place on Friday 29th November this year- well in advance of Christmas. This follows a non-uniform day in which students are requested to bring a specified item which can then be sold at the Christmas Fair.  Doors open at 6pm and it will be a case of getting there early to ensure that you grab a bargain. Watch out for the brand new addition this year of the amazing human fruit machine!  There will also be a special online Chase Christmas Auction held this year with some impressive lots to bid for, which would make fantastic Christmas gifts. The auction is scheduled to run for two weeks, going live at 3pm on Friday 22nd November and closing on Sunday 8th December at 7pm.

 

Finally, I must provide you with advanced warning of an unmissable date for your diary. Make sure you are free to attend the school’s first Performing Arts Autumn showcase event on Tuesday 3rd December- in which there will be drama, music and dance involving students mainly from KS3. Tickets can be purchased now via Parentpay for £6.

 

ELAs w/c 18th November

Y7: Geography                                Y8: French

ELAs w/c 25th November

Y7: Art                                                Y8: Geography

Drop Everything And Read

w/c 18th November Unit 3               w/c 25th November Unit 2

Thought for the Week

18th Nov

 

 

25th Nov

 

Innovation: “Time may not be on our side, but innovation is.” Frans van Houten (b.1960)

 

Expectations: “There two ways to be happy: improve your reality or lower your expectations.” Jodi Picoult (b.1966)

Celebration & Achievement

Young Writers: Congratulations to the 13 students in Year 9 (Harriet Sloan Kirton, Elizabeth Jacob, Lily Fieldhouse, Ellie Griffits, Leela Smith, Luke Morgan, Archie Foreman, Alex Hallet, Nathan Smith, Ellie Dinlgey, Molly Medcroft, Cam Hale), who through their English lessons, entered the Young Writers competition last summer term, writing Survival Sagas on the theme of ‘Mission Chaos’.  The publishers enjoyed reading the stories, appreciating both the imagination and creativity shown.  They also enjoyed the originality of some stories and the flair with language that was shown.

 

In the 28th year of running this renowned competition, organisers received over 18,000 entries and our budding Chase School writers deserve praise for being selected to be included in the anthology of mini sagas. Head of Faculty, Mrs Jane Gleaves, said, “Having work published is a fantastic way to encourage writing. It boosts students’ confidence and showcases writing skills.  Well done!”

 

Students’ work will be published in ‘Young Writers’ Survival Sagas- Mission Chaos- Tales from the West Midlands’ in November.

 

Dazzle project: congratulations to Chase Performing Arts students who recently contributed to the Dazzle Project run by the Centenary Choir.  Prizes were won by Emily Whitlock (1st), Amelie Simon (2nd), Braxton Smith (3rd).  Miss Speake and students said "We have really enjoyed researching into Dazzle, how the boats were designed and painted and what the purpose of the camouflage was. The Chase Performing Arts club meet once a week to design set and costumes and they really enjoyed working for a real client.  The pupils have been fantastic throughout and have gained a lot of valuable skills - teamwork and resilience to name a few. The Chase School is always happy to participate in community projects and we look forward to working with the Centenery Choir again in the future.”

 

Scuba trip: email from the Aqua Divers Club following the recent Chase Scuba trip to Greece: “This, I believe, is the 7th trip that we have organized with Chase School and I would like to say, that the students’ behaviour has always been excellent.  However, this year, this group excelled themselves. Not only was there a superb ambiance of comradeship and support for each other, but their manners and comportment were of the highest level. I received compliments about their behaviour, from all the restaurants where they ate, the hotel where they were staying and the diving facilities that we utilized.

 

If I may say so, you can be extremely proud of them all, as they were excellent role models for British students.

 

I would also like to mention that both Chris Smye and Lisa Greaves are superb assets to have on these trips, always ensuring that the students are on time, have not forgotten anything and sorting out small problems that occur during these types of trips.

 

Please thank Chris, Lisa and all the students for making this trip, one of the most enjoyable teaching programmes that my staff and I have ever undertaken.”

 

Malvern Priory Lunchtime concert: Well done to the students who performed at the Priory on Thursday the 7th November as part of the Malvern Lunchbox series. The students sang and played beautifully and were a credit to the school. (For more details see the school website).

 

Feedback received following the recent Malvern Priory Lunchtime concert: “We have just returned from a lunchtime concert given by the Chase music department. We were so impressed by the professionalism and dedication shown by all who took part.  The pupils showed remarkable flair and talent and they are a huge credit to your school.  Please pass on our congratulations.  Thank you for a most enjoyable musical interlude!”

 

Tanzania visit: Mrs Borthwick and Ms Eberle were fortunate to visit our link school Old Tanga High in Tanga, Tanzania. It is the oldest school in Tanzania. The Chase now plans to work with the school on collaborative projects.  Full report will be available on our website shortly.

 

Sporting news: Prior to the October half term break, 14 Year 9 students attended the Worcestershire West Sports Leadership Academy Launch with other young leaders from Dyson Perrins, Hanley Castle, Chantry and TenburyThe 14 (Chloe Barton, Jack Ben-Dyke, Lois Burgess, Linus Burnage, Sam Cassidy, Charlotte Coleman, Mollie John, Hannah Kent, Madeleine Laycock, Josh Secretan, Theo Shuard, Thea Snee and Hannah Thomas), have subsequently become part of the Chase Sports Leadership Academy and joined with their Year 10 peers to deliver the Worcestershire West School Games Year 3 & 4 Quick Sticks Hockey last Friday.

 

Congratulations to Year 7 Cross Country runners Natalie Seyler, Isabella Porteus, Rebecca Hughes, Eva Holden and Rosie Roberts who have qualified to represent Worcestershire West at the Worcestershire School Games Cross Country Finals at Wolverley CE Secondary School on Thursday 27 February.  Well done to all the other Year 7 runners who took part and a big thank you to the  Year 8 Hares and the Year 12 BTEC Sport group who assisted with the delivery of the Worcestershire School Games Year 5, 6 and 7 Cross Country.

 

Congratulations to:

·         Students who participated in the Local Democracy event with Malvern Hills District Council.  We came away with an award for the ‘Best Presentation’!

·         Y9 & 10 Girls Tennis players who won the Division 2 Regional Finals last month.

Events 18th – 29th November 2019

Mon 18th

Staff Christian Prayer Group 08:15 – Room 2

AQA Summer highlights presentation 3pm

Tues 19th

H&S meeting 3:15pm

MasterClass 3:15pm

FoTC meeting 6:30pm

Weds 20th

6th Form Open Evening 7pm

Worcs KS3/4 Open Trampolining @ Redditch 11:30am

Thurs 21st

Governors Pastoral Committee 6pm

Fri 22nd

Chase Cluster KS2 Arrows, Boccia & New Age Kurling Festival @ Chase 3:30pm

Sat 23rd

Alpha ‘Away Day’ (RE)

Mon 25th

Staff Christian Prayer Group 08:15 – Room 2

True Life Conference (Y13) Loughborough

Faculty meetings 3:15pm

AQA MFL speaker for GCSE 4pm

Tues 26th

Y10 GCSE parents evening 6:30pm

School Games Y7/8 Sports Hall Athletics @ Tenbury 3pm

Weds 27th

MasterClass 3:15pm

Tamworth Snowdome trip 5pm

Thurs 28th

Autumn Showcase rehearsals

Y7 parents consultation evening

Fri 29th

Non-uniform day

FoTC Xmas Fair 6pm

Notices

Attendance: The school’s target for attendance is 96%. Current attendance is 95.6%

 

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

Hockey

Y9

10th Oct

U14 Tournament v Hanley

Won 4-0

L Burgess

 

 

10th Oct

U14 Tournament v MSJ

Won 2-1

M Laycock

 

 

 

U14 Tournament v Kings Semi-Final

Drew 1-1; lost 1-0 on penalty

H Thomas

 

U16 girls

17th Oct

U16 Tournament v Kings

Lost 1-0

S Pemberton

 

 

 

U16 Tournament v Hanley

Won 3-0

I McGill

 

 

 

U16 Tournament v PHHS

Won 3-0

C Anderson

 

 

 

U16 Tournament v RGS

Won 1-0

C Anderson

Netball

U18 girls

23rd Oct

RGS Tournament:

RGS Yellow

Lost 9-2

 

 

 

 

RGS Green

Lost 8-3

 

 

 

 

Worcs 6th Form Blue

Won 4-0

 

 

 

 

RGS Red

Won 6-2

 

 

 

 

Worcs 6th Form White

Lost 11-3

 

Rugby

Y9

24th Oct

John Masefield

Won 33-15

Will Sankey

 

#wakeupwednesday What are ‘Online Challenges?  Be able to support your child with this online trend, read the #wakewednesday ‘A Parent’s Guide to Online Challenges’  on the Chase FaceBook page or The Chase Twitter account.

 

Trip Payments are due for:

·         PE Cardiff Rugby Tour - Final balance due 21st November

·         Cern A-Level Physics Trip March 2020 - Monthly payment due 28th November.  All outstanding balances to be paid by 28th December.

·         Biology A-Level Field trip - Non-refundable deposit required by 30th November.  

·         Russia A-Level History Trip - Monthly payment was due 1st November. Next payment due 1st December.

·         Normandy Year 7 Trip - Monthly payment due 28th November.  

·         Nassfeld Ski trip 2020 - Monthly payment due 28th November – All outstanding balances must be paid by 28th December.

·         Sorrento Geography Trip April 2020 - All outstanding balances must be paid by 28th November.

·         Berlin/Krakow GCSE History Trip - Monthly payment due 30th November.

·         Performing Arts Trip to Belgium July 2020 - Monthly payment due 1st December.

·         Spanish Exchange - Final balance due 1st December.

 

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

 

Parking, dropping off and picking up

·         Please be aware of road markings and signs around the school.

·         Cars should not be parked on road markings, including the single yellow lines which state the specific times cars can be parked.

·         The entrance to the Science Park should be kept clear and not used for turning.

·         Junctions should not be used as a drop off or pick up points.

·         Parents are encouraged to agree a safe collection point, which could be further along Geraldine Road or Barnards Green.

·         We encourage engines to be turned off whilst waiting.

·         Malvern Hill District Council are responsible for enforcement.  This could lead to a penalty charge notice of £70 (or £35 if paid within 14 days) if breaches occur. 

 

Year 11 Tracking Report November 19/20 has now been produced and published via the SIMS Parent App. If you are registered for a paper copy this is now on its way to you (if you have not already received it).  If you need assistance with Parent App please contact our IT Support team at itsupport@chase.worcs.sch.uk

 

Year 7 Parents evening appointments are now available for parents.  An email was sent at the end of last week with details on how to login. If you have any difficulties with booking appointments please contact the IT Support team (itsupport@chase.worcs.sch.uk) or the relevant House Leader.

 

Head Lice: There have recently been a couple of cases of head lice identified in school. While lice are nothing more than a nuisance, it is important that children are checked on a weekly basis in order that any head lice can be dealt with quickly and before they can be allowed to spread. We would ask you to check your child’s head as soon as possible. Please follow the simple routine below to ensure that these outbreaks are kept to a minimum:

CHECK:

Your child’s hair once a week

Use a proper detection comb to trap head lice

If you find live lice, consult a pharmacist for treatment advice immediately

If head lice are spotted, take a close look at the hair of all the family

 

TREAT:

Please treat your child with a clinically proven treatment

Leave the treatment on for the recommended time for maximum effect

Repeat the treatment for a second time 7 days after the original treatment to kill any eggs that may hatch after the 1st treatment

Check that all head lice have gone within 2-3 days of the final application of treatment to complete the process

Continue to check for head lice on a regular, weekly basis

 

For more information please see your pharmacist or visit http://nhs.uk/conditions/head-lice

 

Autumn Christmas Showcase: On Tuesday 3rd December in the Main hall we are putting on a show to get everyone in the Christmas spirit! It is a drama based show with scenes from “A Christmas Carol” play. There will also be music and dance interludes! Tickets are available on Parent Pay for £6.00 each! You can collect them from Mrs McVay in the PE office or collect them on the night. Nibbles and Mulled wine are available to purchase on the concourse from 6.30pm and the show starts at 7.00pm! Don’t miss out on this amazing showcase and come along and support the Chase students in the Autumn Christmas showcase!

 

Medical Room: If your child has a medical condition and you have not completed yet than please complete a Care Plan form and return it to the Medical Room as soon as possible. All our forms are available on the school website. Completing the form ensures that we give the best care possible for your child in case of a medical emergency. 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.

 

If you have received a letter regarding your child’s Care Plan Review, please complete the form attached to the letter and return it to the Medical Room as soon as possible. If you have misplaced the form please contact us and we will send you a new one.

 

Students are allowed to carry over the counter medication with them in school but we require parents/guardians to complete an Over the Counter Medication Consent From. This form is now available for download from 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.

 

Music: All Y7 instrumentalists are invited to take part in Christmas Band, rehearsing Wednesday lunchtimes in M1 from 20th November – we’ll be practising towards the Chase Carol Service on 19th December in Great Malvern Priory, so do come along and get involved! There’ll be a call for singers at a later date…

 

We are launching a KEYBOARD CLUB for Y7 & Y8 on Thursday lunchtimes in M1 – starts 21st November for four weeks and is completely free of charge. If there is sufficient demand, we may be able to continue it for a small charge after Christmas. All Y7/8 students are very welcome - any standard including beginner.

 

If your child is in Y7 or in one of our musical ensembles, they should, over the next week, be bringing a letter home with them about the Chase Carol Service (Thurs 19th Dec 7.30pm in the Priory), so please look out for this! Replies would be appreciated by 28th November please.

 

Eco-committee: Chase Councillor Samantha Charles recently contributed to The Chase School’s Eco Committee, buying them a set of litter picking equipment to help the school’s pledge to keep our local area clean and tidy, in conjunction with the Council’s ‘Adopt A Street’ scheme, where The Chase have promised to regularly litter pick along Geraldine Road.  For full report see our website.

 

Cooking club: Until Christmas Cooking Club takes place on WEDNESDAYS in T10 after school. 

See Mrs Borthwick for an ingredients list – all years welcome.

 

 

Sixth Form News

SIXTH FORM OPEN EVENING: We’d like to invite our Y11 parents and students to our open evening on Wednesday, 20th November.  This will run from 7-9pm and is an opportunity for us to showcase the Sixth Form and our achievements and for you to speak with subject teachers. If you need any further information on this, please contact Lesley Massam on 01684 898752 or lmassam@chase.worcs.sch.uk . We look forward to seeing you on the 20th!

 

MOCK INTERVIEWS FOR EARLY UCAS APPLICANTS: We are very fortunate to be able to access external interviewers for our Medic and Oxbridge applicants. We’d like to thank Dr Jasper Trevelyan, Dr Eleanor Broomhead and Mr Richard Henson for giving up their valuable time to support our students with mock interviews.

 

ARMISTICE DAY: Our students collectively decided to commemorate Armistice day by wearing formal dress. A two minute silence was respected throughout the school to reflect on those who have lost their lives in war.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHILDREN IN NEED – PYJAMA DAY: Every year the students raise money for Children in Need and this year was no exception with students wearing their PJs to school for a £1 donation. Well done everybody!

 

 

 

Careers update

 

It’s been a busy couple of weeks in Careers, starting with The Big Assembly on Wednesday 6th November, where Year 10 and 11 separate Science Students and Sixth Formers took part in a live-streamed assembly to more than 50,000 students across the UK.  The theme was health and wellbeing, and the students got to asks questions and hear about some of the great career opportunities available in engineering.  BBC Hereford and Worcester covered the event and interviewed some of the students who were then featured on the radio later that evening.  The Big Assembly is available to view on demand at http://www.bigassembly.org/on-demand-tew-view/.  Students who were either in the live audience, or have since watched the assembly on demand, are invited to complete our short survey on their experience here https://forms.gle/6Hfy5Gjd3yzMVHi3A

 

On Friday 8th November 20 Year 9 students visited QinetiQ on the Science Park to learn about the variety of careers in engineering and STEM.  Students put their problem solving skills into practice by learning how to code a Lego robot to navigate obstacles.

 

This week nearly 200 Year 11 students have been taking part in Mock Interviews.  Thanks to parents and local businesses for offering their valuable time as interviewers.  The feedback from students and interviewers has been extremely positive; for many students this was their first formal interview.   We also hosted our Next Steps Fair on Wednesday where local colleges and The Chase Sixth Form were on hand to talk to Year 11 students about options Post-16.  We hope the students have been sharing their experiences with you, if you would like to give us feedback please email careers@chase.worcs.sch.uk.

 

Post-16 Open Events: You are strongly advised to check with the college /sixth form / other institution before setting off as dates and times do get changed at the last minute:

19th November – Malvern Hills College 5.30pm – 8.00pm (must book on-line in advance to attend)

20th November – The Chase Sixth Form College 5.00pm – 8.00pm

23rd November – Pershore College 10am – 1.00pm (must book on-line in advance to attend)

21st November - Evesham College 5.30pm – 8.00pm (must book on-line in advance to attend)

 

Friends of The Chase

 

£7,852.54 Grant from the Co-op to Friends of The Chase

We are delighted to announce that The Co-op has awarded Friends of The Chase £7,852.54 towards the Creation of a Music Creativity Suite.  We would like to thank all our supporters and encourage everyone to say ‘thank you’ next time you shop at the Co-op.  We have raised £18,665.99 and need to raise another £6,500 to meet our goal.  If you are wondering how you can help, you might like to consider joining The Chase School Lottery www.yourschoollottery.co.uk  . For £1 per week you would be in with a chance of winning our weekly local school draw AND a £25,000 jackpot for all school lottery supporters nationally.

 

Friends of The Chase Christmas Fair : Friday 29th November 2019 6pm - 8pm

Christmas Fair letters with raffle tickets and a volunteer slip went out to all students after half term.  Have a rummage in your child’s bag for a white envelope. 

 

Christmas Fair Donations

There will be a Non-Uniform Day on the day of the Fair.  Pupils are asked to bring good quality items to the Main Hall between 8:45am and 9:00am on Friday 29th November in return for the privilege of wearing their own clothes.  Please use the following as guidance:

 

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Year 7: Quality Toys, Games, Puzzles, Chocolate

 

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Year 8: Toiletries, Chocolate, Crackers

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Year 9: Bottles (of anything), quality gifts, Crackers

 

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Year 10: Bottles, Video Games (e.g. Wii, Xbox, Playstation) DVDs, CDs

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Year 11: Quality Toys, Games, Puzzles, Chocolate

Year 12: Chocolate, Bottles, Games

 

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Year 13: Bottles, Chocolate, Toiletries

 

Volunteers

We need YOU! If you can volunteer from 5:30 to 7pm or 7 to 8pm on the night of The Christmas Fair please email:  friendsofthechase@gmail.com with your preferred time slot or return the volunteer slip from the Christmas Fail letter to Main Reception at The Chase.

 

Christmas Fair Raffle Prizes

£100 Cash Prize

Family Portrait Experience at Sub Studio Photography

Midweek Tobogganing for Two at Tamworth Snowdome

Tickets for Two Adults to The Malvern Spring Show

Family Pass to Croome Court

Tickets for One Adult and One Child to Puzzlewood

Goody Bag from Boots

£20 in gift vouchers for School Togs

£10 in gift vouchers for Bahoo

½ price Christmas Tree from Hagley Christmas Trees in Stourbridge

Return your raffle tickets to The Chase Main Reception.

 

Second Hand Christmas Jumper Stall

If you have a Christmas jumper you are ready to retire, donate it to Friends of The Chase.  The second hand Uniform Stall at The Christmas Fair will have a rail devoted to second hand Christmas Jumpers.  Recycling clothes is good for the planet as it conserves resources, reduces carbon emissions and saves water.  Just put any jumpers in a bag and leave it at Main Reception.

 

Chase Community Apple Juice 2019

Thank you to everyone who picked, collected, bagged, scrumped and donated apples for this year’s Chase Community Apple Juice. FoTC delivered two carloads of apples to Clive’s Fruit Farm and collected 192 (!) bottles of juice during half term. Lillian Blakeley, Subject Leader for Art & Design, designed the label and Eco Club will be selling the juice at The Christmas Fair for £3 per bottle.  We had a bit of a tasting at the Friends of The Chase AGM this past Tuesday and the juice is a stunningly beautiful colour and absolutely delicious!  Don’t miss out!

 

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 29th November 2019