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16TH – 27TH September 2019

Headteacher’s Blog - 13th September 2019

 

A very warm welcome to the first Headteacher’s blog of the 2019-20 school year. I very much hope that everybody had a great summer holiday and that your children are refreshed and ready for action in what we hope will be another stellar year for The Chase. A special welcome to all of our new Year 7 students who have already settled remarkably well into school life during their short time with us.

 

I firstly want to offer my congratulations to the students and staff at The Chase for delivering another outstanding set of GCSE and A Level examinations this summer. We are justly very proud of their performances which show an improvement for the third consecutive year. The headline news is that The Chase A Level results were the very best in Worcestershire- placing us ahead of all 23 secondary school sixth forms in the county.  Our GCSE results placed us in the top 5 of schools in the county- with the number of Grade 9s achieved over double the national average at 8.5%.

 

As per usual- I have spoken to all of our students during the first week back in school about ‘The Chase Way’ and what we expect of our students. To summarise some of the key messages:

·         Student attendance in school is the key to their academic success. We expect all students to therefore be in school as much as possible.

·         Students are expected to be punctual and arrive at school no later than 8.40am, when the first bell rings. Morning registration is between 8.45-8.50am. If a student arrives after 8.50am, they are recorded with a late mark and will have to attend a lunchtime detention, unless there is a legitimate reason for being late, which is outside of the student’s control.

·         Students are not allowed off site at break and lunchtimes and are expected to attend all of their timetabled lessons. Failure to adhere to this will result in after school detentions and possibly time spent in the school’s Behaviour Support Room.

·         We expect students to wear their uniform with pride and not deviate from our uniform policy. We are having a big push on uniform this year- so it is important that students adhere to the rules to avoid getting into trouble.

·         We made it very clear that mobile phones must not be seen or heard in school unless given specific permission by a teacher. We would therefore like to remind parents not to try and contact their child on their mobile phone during the school day, as they will get into trouble with their phone being confiscated for that day if it is seen out and being used. If students need to get a message to parents, this can be easily done either through their House Leader or by asking to use the school phone in reception.

We want your children to feel safe and secure whilst in school as this will enhance their educational experience. It is important that we all work in partnership for the common good of all of our children and this will be continue to be the key focus of mine and The Chase staff during the forthcoming year.

 

ELAs w/c 16th September

Y7: Science                                      Y8: English

ELAs w/c 23rd September

Y7: DT                                                 Y8: Maths

Drop Everything And Read

w/c 16th Sept Unit 5                          w/c 23rd Sept Unit 4

Thought for the Week

16th Sept

 

23rd Sept

 

Peace: “We live in a diverse society - in fact, a diverse world - and we must learn to live in peace and with respect for each other.” Stan Lee (d.2019)

Democracy: “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.” Franklin D. Roosevelt (d.1945)

Chase website

Apologies, our website is currently out of action due to circumstances beyond our control.  Any parents seeking information to help their children with SIMS Student or SIMS Parent APPS, ELAs, Google Classroom, ParentPay, etc. can access our hub http://hub.chase.worcs.sch.uk

Celebration & Achievement

Specialist Leaders of Education: We would like to congratulate the following colleagues for being awarded Specialist Leader of Education Status.  Colleagues went through a rigorous application and interview process at Haybridge High School. This is a fantastic achievement for our colleagues who will now be working in collaboration with a variety of other schools supporting their colleagues to develop leadership ability and capacity:

Jane Gleaves (English)

Judith Hunt (MFL)

Roisin McKeever (Business)

Chris Smye (Science)

Jill Eberle (History)

Following on from the superb work that has been developed at The Chase in developing Initial Teacher Training we would also like to congratulate Jodie Smith (History & Professional Partnership Lead) who has secured a positon as a Lecturer in Education at Gloucestershire University.  Jodie will be working with Gloucestershire University students every Wednesday whilst still leading on our own very successful SCITT Programme.

 

Bronwen Harvey (English) has also secured a positon at the University of Worcester as a Lecturer in Education following the work that she led here leading the development of Initial Teacher Training with Worcester University students. Whilst Bronwen is no longer a member of staff here at The Chase we continue to look forward to working with her in her new role and we wish her every success.

 

School Games Mark: Congratulations to all those people involved in securing the Silver School Games Mark for the past year - everyone’s efforts are much appreciated.

Events 16th – 27th September 2019

OPEN DAY EVENTS 26th September – SCHOOL CLOSED FROM 1:15PM

NO AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS / LIBRARY

Mon 16th

Staff Christian Prayer Group 08:15 - Room 2

Tues 17th

MasterClass (NQTs, RQTs, SCITT & new staff) 3:15pm

FoTC meeting 6:30pm @ Morgan

Weds 18th

Governors Executive 6pm

Thurs 19th

History trip to B’ham Uni library (Y12)

Fri 19th

Mon 23rd

Staff Christian Prayer Group 08:15 - Room 2

Tues 24th

MasterClass (NQTs, RQTs, SCITT & new staff) 3:15pm

Weds 25th

Y7 SEN reviews (by invite only) 2pm

French Exchange parents information evening 5:30pm - Lecture Theatre

Thurs 26th

Open Morning 9am – 11am NB School closed from 1:15pm

Open Evening 6:30pm – 9pm

Fri 27th

Councillors’ walk-about visit The Chase 10:55am

Headteacher teas (7BED & 7BDV) 3:15pm – Diner

Worcs KS4/5 Orienteering @ Chadsgrove 10am

Notices

Attendance: The school’s target for attendance is 95%. Current attendance is 97.3%

 

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

 

#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:

·        French Exchange 2019/20 - Final Balance now due

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

·        Duke of Edinburgh Silver Assessment - Payment required by 18th September.

·        Normandy Year 7 Trip - Non-refundable deposit required by 22nd September.

·        Geography GCSE Field Trip - Payment due by 27th September.

·        Italy Ski trip February 2020 - All outstanding balances to be paid by 28th September **Please check ParentPay to ensure that your payments are up to date.

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

·        Cern A Level Physics Trip March 2020 - Monthly payment due 28th September.

·        Chase Diving Trip to Greece - Final Payment due by 28th September.

·        Sorrento Geography trip April 2020 - Monthly payments were required by 28th July and 28th August plus next payment due 28th September

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

 

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

 

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

 

Medical Room: If your child has a medical condition and you have yet not completed a Care Plan please 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.

 

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.

http://www.chase.worcs.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Over-the-Counter-Medication-Consent-Form.pdf

If you are unable to download this 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.

 

BIG DRAW: The Art Department is hosting THE BIG DRAW on Saturday 5th October 1pm – 3pm.  All ages and abilities welcome!  In the Annexe (A1 – A3)

 

Cooking club: Cooking club starts Thursdays in T10 3pm – 4pm.  All years welcome.

 

Italy ski Trip: If you have returned to the sixth form and would like to join the Italian ski trip, which is happening in February 2020, then please come and see Mr Hood ASAP. This is still open to year 10 and 11.  A reminder to those who are going : final payments are happening at the end of the month.

 

Careers Update: Introducing Audrey Williams as the new Careers Adviser replacing Caroline Hunter.  We are sending out a letter to all Year 11 parents & carers next week explaining more about Year 11 interviews; an information sheet highlighting dates of Open Days at local colleges will be included.  Hartpury College in Gloucestershire are having their Open Day this weekend (Saturday 14th September) which may be of interest to Year 11 and Year 13 students. See https://www.hartpury.ac.uk to book places.

 

Audrey will be in school on Wednesdays; the Careers Team can be contacted at careers@chase.worcs.sch.uk

 

Staff changes: This term we are pleased to welcome Esha Jenkins (Deputy Faculty Leader English), Stephen Hand (D&T), Kate Morris (Maths), Karen Johns (TA), Amy Rose (TA), Deborah Sterry (TA), Sonya Simpson (TA), Nicholas Jackson (TA), Claire Finch (Business Support Officer), Audrey Williams (Careers Adviser), Heather Jeynes (LTS)

 

Sixth Form News

Work Experience

As part of their career and education development, our Year 12 students secure work experience placements during the last two weeks of the summer term. This year our students have been as adventurous as ever and worked in many diverse roles such as business, digital marketing and web design, shadowing hospital consultants, supporting adults with brain injury, helping in primary schools, working with solicitors, in outdoor education, laboratories and occupational therapy.

 

In a competitive job market, this introduces students to the world of work, enhances their CV, provides a great opportunity to gain transferrable skills and test the waters before fully committing to a specific role, industry or company.

 

We had some fabulous feedback on our students who are a great credit to parents and the Chase.

 

This year’s Y12 work experience dates are 6th-17th July and it’s never too early to contact employers about a placement.

 

Should you feel that your company is in a position to offer work experience, please contact me on lmassam@chase.worcs.sch.uk

Friends of The Chase

What FoTC does?

Friends of the Chase (FoTC) is the PTA for The Chase School. We raise money to purchase classroom teaching equipment and fund students who cannot afford to go on the day-trips The Chase organises which bring to life concepts taught in the classroom.  Every parent and carer is automatically a member and all our meeting dates may be found on the school calendar.  Our next meeting is at 6:30pm on Tuesday, 17th September at The Morgan.   If you can’t make it to meetings, we always need volunteers to serve teas & coffees and sell second hand uniform at Parents’ Evenings as well as help out at events.  If you would like to add your name to our volunteer bank, please email friendsofthechase@gmail.com.

 

£2,756 FoTC grant to The Chase

FoTC kicked off this school year by delivering a £2,756 cheque to The Chase. This included £1,256 for the purchase of 8 visualisers for The Chase English Department, £500 for the Library for the purchase of books and £1,000 to top up the Access Fund.  Thank you very much to everyone who has supported our activities over the year and made this donation possible.

 

£1000 from Tesco

Thank you very much to everyone who voted for us at Ledbury Tesco during May and June.  Thanks to you we raised £1000 a Music Creativity Suite at The Chase.  We have now raised £10,100.55 towards our goal of £34,000 for this project.

 

Second Hand Uniform Sale : Friday, 4th October from 8:30am until 9:30am in The Hall

The second hand uniform rails will also be available for perusal from 4pm on parent’s evenings on Thursday 3rd October (Y11), and Thursday 28th November (Y7).  It is always worth having backup jumpers and PE kit and we have a large selection of jumpers (£3), trousers (£1.50), shirts (£0.50) and PE skorts (£1.50).  We also have lots of hoodies (£3) and coats (£3) which will be worth acquiring as the weather gets colder. If you have younger children at primary school, it will be worth your while looking at the new (never worn) Samurai track suit bottoms for boys (£2) and plain blue skorts for girls (£2).

 

Apple Collection : Monday 21st October 8:30am - 9:30am in Reception

Do you have an apple tree in your garden and no idea how to use all the apples?  FOTC is looking for donations of apples so we can make and sell ‘Chase Community Apple Juice’.  Send apples into school with your child and they can drop them off in Reception where FoTC members will collect them and take them away for juicing, bottling and labelling.

 

Friends of The Chase AGM : Tuesday 12th November 6:30pm - Conference Room at The Chase

Come hear what an amazing year we had last year!  All our committee roles are full for the coming year, so there is no chance of anyone ending up with a job they don’t want!  All are welcome.

 

The Chase Christmas Fair : Friday 29th November 6pm - 8pm at The Chase

Put it in your diary!  This is our biggest event on the FOTC calendar and we will need lots of helpers before, during and after.  We will send out more info after half term. 

 

Co-op

You can support the Music Creativity Suite Project by becoming a member of the Co-op.  When you do, 1% of the value of the Co-op branded items you purchase goes to our project.  So far this year, our supporters have raised £2,159.53.  Register at https://membership.coop.co.uk/sign-in .

 

The Chase School Lottery

Would you like to win £25,000?  Join the Chase School Lottery and you just might!  For £1 per week you will be in with a chance of winning our weekly local school draw AND a £25,000 jackpot for all school lottery supporters nationally.  Since our first draw on 8th June 2018, 65 Chase supporters (parents, teachers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbours) have won The Chase’s weekly prize.  Several supporters (who often hold more than one ticket) have won more than once!  FoTC has raised over £3,000 since The Lottery’s launch.  We are all still waiting for someone in our community to win the jackpot, but supporting our children and our school while we do feels pretty good too.  Join the Lottery by searching “The Chase” at  www.yourschoollottery.co.uk .

 

 

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 27th September 2019