Remembrance Day Observation

On Monday Charters fell silent to mark Remembrance Day.  Standing in year groups, the entire school joined together to remember the nation’s service men and women who have died in the line of duty.

Year 13 student Dexter Brown poignantly played the Last Post before Head Boy Joshua Taylor stepped to the microphone to recite ‘In Flanders Field’ by John McCrae.  Students and staff fell silent for two minutes before Dexter resumed activities by playing the Rouse.  A wreath of poppies was then laid by two Sixth Form students.  As the students returned to lessons, they passed an art installation of poppies clinging to the trees in the school’s central quad.

Eton College Debating Competition

Last Saturday four students had the privilege of taking part in Eton College’s inaugural Debating Competition in their recently built Jafar Hall.  Charters was confidently represented by Rebecca Ellis and Lottie Stabbins (both Year 12), Josh Taylor (Year 13) and Samuel Berkeley (Year 10). Students had to prepare a persuasive speech for the first part of the competition, choosing subjects such as the place of Philosophy in schools, tax evasion and how state schools are capable of producing future leaders.

Lottie made it through to the final and gave a strong performance in her talk on euthanasia.  The next two rounds consisted of formal Mace style debates for which they only had 15 minutes to prepare a five minute speech, without the use of mobile phone!  Not only were the students put under pressure but Mrs Theobalds had to judge speeches and debates from some of the twelve or so other schools that were represented.  In all, it was a fantastic event and a great learning opportunity.  We hope to see formal debating really taking off at Charters in the coming year.

News from the Maths Department

Our Sixth Form Maths students have had an excellent week. On Monday, Miss Godbold accompanied Year 12 students, Abby Ives, Annette Wan, Evina Maroutsou and Louise Johnson to the Senior Team Maths Challenge at Highdown School. The girls did really well, coming 13th out of 26 teams, many of whom were from selective schools and had Year 13 students in their team.  Well done!

In the recent individual Senior Maths Challenge run by the UK Mathematics Trust, Charters School achieved 2 Gold, 6 Silver and 14 Bronze certificates.  Particular recognition should go to Year 13 student Oliver Purvis, who has made it through to the next stage – the British Olympiad Round 1 alongside just 1000 students in the UK, and Charlie Pickering who has made it through to the 'Kangaroo' alongside just 6600 others, both events to be held on 1 December.  A fantastic result for both students.  

Background information: Kangourou sans Frontières (KSF) is an independent association, whose purpose is to organise the annual Kangaroo contest with the aim of promoting mathematics among young people around the world. The name sounds strange, but recognises the fact that the organisation was inspired by the Australian Mathematics Trust.

BIMA Digital Day

On Tuesday students took park in The British Interactive Media Association Digital Day.  BIMA sent challenge sheets to school in early November, ready for the students to work on their briefs during the actual day.

Rawnet, a digital media company with offices in London, New York and Ascot, joined students to explain what it is like to work in the 'Digital World' and how different elements of their organisation work together to deliver a successful digital campaign.

The students selected briefs based on either ‘The Diana Awards’ or ‘Fashion of the Future’.  Using skills including coding, video editing and designing, they wrote advertising slogans and designed logos to create their digital campaigns.

Mrs Duncan, who organised the event, said that all the students worked fantastically to come up with projects and campaigns that use digital technology such as websites, apps and VR headsets. 

Cross Country Teams Qualify for National Final

Last weekend was the Regional Finals of the English Schools Athletics Association, Cross Country Cup held at Leweston School, Sherborne.  Our students from Years 7 through to 10 were involved in various races and we had several great performances.   Finishing in an impressive first place in their race were the Junior Girls’ Team consisting of Nathalie Camp (who won the race), Manisha Dave, Amber Bailey, Jemima Davies, Isobel Buist, Rosalind Rogers and Team reserve Morgan Hadaway.


Hannah Read, Issy Craven, Ella van Heerde, Freya Jones, Emily Miller and Ashley Dalleske (who was only called up on Thursday!) made up the Inter Girls’ Team and finished in a notable silver position in their race.   Well done to both girls’ teams who have now qualified for the National Final to be held on 25 November at Sevenoaks School in Kent.

We would also like to mention the Junior Boys’ Team comprising of Freddie Fenton, Will Moss, Bailey Rogers, Hari Stanley, Jude Brazier, Ben Miller and Team reserve Seb Corley who, having qualified from the County Finals in October in third place, came a respectable 10th in these Regional races.  This team came up against tough opposition and most of the boys, who are not specialist runners, did a fantastic job. 

For a full list of our students’ results, please click here.  Well done to all those involved, they should be very proud of their achievements.

Swimming National Schools Relay Finals

Good Luck to the Junior Girls Swimming Team who head to the National Schools Relay Finals at Olympic Park on Saturday. Having qualified as the fourteenth quickest team in the country.  Participating students are:  Lola Andrews from Year 7 and from Year 8, Isobel Buist, Lulu Hughes and Caitlyn Kirkbride will compete in the 4 x 50 metre Freestyle Relay event.  We wish them the best of luck for the Final. 

National Biathlon Finals

Following on from the County Time Trials in September, Jemima Davies and Lola Andrews have qualified for the Under 13 and Under 12 Girls events respectively at the British Schools’ Modern Biathlon Championships to be held in Solihull on 25 November.  Based on their combined points from their swimming and running time trial, the girls had to be ranked in the top 90 competitors for Under 12s (Lola) and top 70 for Under 13s (Jemima) in the country to qualify.  Good luck to them both next weekend.

A night at the musicals - Charters through the years

Thank you to all those who have purchased tickets for the show next week, We have now SOLD OUT for both nights!  

For those with tickets, we welcome you from 6.30 pm when the doors open and you can find your seats. A selection of refreshments will be available to purchase in the adjacent Dance Studio. Please don't forget your e-ticket as proof of prior purchase as this will enable the queue to move quickly.  This year, we have a licenced bar selling wine and beer for those over 18 years of age.  There will also be a selection of soft drinks and snacks available.  Raffle tickets and programmes will be on sale so please don’t forget to bring some loose change with you.  We would like to ask our audience members to kindly help us keep the auditorium free from spillages and rubbish, and as much as possible to use the Dance Studio next to the Hall for all eating and drinking.

The show will start at 7 pm and there will be an interval, where further refreshments can be purchased, including tea and coffee. This is when the raffle will also take place.

We look forward to seeing you at Charters' Cabaret Club, for a night at the musicals!

 Making Futures, The Big Give 2017-18

This year the money raised by our annual Big Give campaign will be used to purchase Teacher Walls for the new Maths and Science block to enhance the learning of our current and future students.  A Teacher Wall combines modular storage and technology to create a modern, streamlined learning aid. Whiteboards are incorporated into the Teacher Wall, often combining an interactive whiteboard and sliding drywipe boards.

Many of our parents generously support us throughout the year. If you would like to join them by contributing to this year’s campaign “Making Futures, the Big Give 2017-18” either

Anti-Bullying Week

This week, Monday 13 November through to Friday 17 November, was Anti-Bullying week and students did various activities in Citizenship and tutor time to raise awareness and combat bullying.  The theme for this year is ‘All Different, All Equal’.  For further information from the Anti-Bullying Alliance website, please click here.

Message from Charters Friends

The Charters Friends Book Club will next meet in the new year on Monday 8 January 7.30 – 9 pm in The Durning Room.  We took a vote on our next reads and came up with our contemporary choice, ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman.  For our seasonal read we decided upon a Christmas mystery so Agatha Christie won the vote with ‘Ordeal by Innocence’. Any queries to - new members always welcome. 

Community News

Sunningdale Christmas Celebration - Adam Afriyie MP to switch on Sunningdale’s lights

Friday 24 November 2017 – 5 pm to 7.30 pm

Adam Afriyie will be switching on Sunningdale’s Christmas lights at their annual celebration. 

Shops and businesses will be open late and you can enjoy a wide range of seasonal activities, refreshments and entertainment.

With Santa’s grotto, mulled wine, mince pies, biscuit decorating, face painting, local choirs and much much more, come along and help them light up Sunningdale.  They look forward to seeing you there.

For more information, please contact:  Sunningdale Parish Council, The Pavilion, Broomhall Lane, Sunningdale, SL5 0QS Telephone 01344 874 268

Please click on the following link if you would like to submit a suggestion:


Forthcoming Events 

Thursday 23 and Friday 24 November
School Production (See above)
7 pm in the Main School Hall

Monday 27 November
KS3/KS4 Parent Council
6 – 8 pm in the Durning Room

Thursday 7 December
Winter Concert
Showcasing all of the Music Department’s Groups and Ensembles
7 – 9.30 pm in the Main Hall
Entry £4 / £3 concessions

Tuesday 12 December
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
7 – 8.30 pm at Holy Trinity Church, Sunningdale
All Welcome
Retiring collection for charity

Monday 18 December 2017
Annual Presentation Evening (for 2016-17 Year 13 students/parents)
Reception/ Student Registration will commence at 7 pm in the Main Hall 
Presentations will start at 7.45 pm

Martyn Parker and Richard Pilgrim