Community Connections Evening

Thank you to everyone who attended our Community Connections evening on Tuesday. We started a lot of interesting conversations regarding sponsorship, volunteering and socialising and it was lovely to see that there is a real desire to get involved with various aspects of school life.

We were fortunate that Luxuria Properties attended the event with the 3D printer they recently donated to the Technology Faculty. The machine proved to be a fantastic talking point and highlights perfectly the generosity of parents within the school.  Another parent who is the Managing Director of Orlando Attractions has kindly agreed to sponsor our minibuses which will benefit a great number of students.

It was wonderful to see so many parents wanting to help organise social events.  We will be celebrating our 60th Anniversary in April and have a number of forthcoming events which will be a great opportunity to socialise and fundraise.  If you would like to get involved or are interested in finding out about ways to support the school either financially or through volunteering or organising events, please contact Mrs Herbert r.herbert@chartersschool.org.uk who will be happy to meet with you.

Letter from Chair of Trustees

Martyn Parker, Co-Headteacher to retire in September 2018
Please click here to read an important letter from our Chair of Trustees which can also be found on the school website on the Governance Page - click here.

Fundraising for the Power of Parenting

We are proud to report on the great efforts of our Year 10 student Emily Adams.  Emily was part of a team who embarked on a three day, 72 mile, Oxford to Windsor kayaking fundraising event.  She entered into the spirit of the event without complaint and raised in excess of £500 for the charity Power of Parenting who make a difference to Looked After Children in the local community.  Please click here to read the letter we received and for further information about the charity please visit their website by clicking here.

Damage to Car

On Wednesday 20 September at 3.40 pm a white Fiat 500 was passing by the detached field car-park, opposite The Maine Centre on Charters Road, when a bottle was thrown that broke the windowscreen.  The driver believes that the bottle was thrown by someone using the detached car-park.  If you have any information, we would be grateful if you could pass this to us in confidence via email.

Sports Busaries for Students

Ascot Fire Brigade Bursary - We are extremely grateful for the on-going support of the Fire Brigade Trust in helping to aid successful sports performers.  The Fire Brigade Trust have generously agreed to continue to support four Charters students in 2017-2018, each with a £1000 bursary.  The objective of the bursary is to provide financial support to students who have achieved success in their sporting field but who, with some extra financial backing, could flourish and move up to the next level of representation.  Impressively, our previous bursary winners have:

  • Reached finals at British Senior Championships        
  • Represented England at Under15 Football
  • Attended a Philadelphia University on a sports scholarship          
  • Participated in National Training Camps
  • Won a European Under 20 Team Cross Country Gold Medal            
  • Been selected to represent Great Britain at the World Championships
  • Been invited to be coached by the Chairman of the Australian PGA
  • Attended a training camp in the Czech Republic
  • Made Trials for Team GBR

Students have had the opportunity to spend their bursary grant on a number of things such as travel expenses, sports nutritionists, specialist equipment, strength and conditioning and sports psychology.

NK Fitness Awards - We are also very excited this year to announce a new award. NK Fitness is a local fitness company who are providing some fitness based activities at Charters as part of our OHL Sport programme. Founded by leading high performance fitness coach Nathan Kelly they have a proven track record having successfully worked with Olympians, professional sports teams and individual athletes across a range of sports.  

Charters in partnership with NK Fitness are this year launching the NK Fitness Strength and Conditioning Award where two lucky recipients will be provided with a full strength and conditioning support programme throughout the 2017-2018 academic year free of charge.  This programme will include individual goal setting, programme planning, one to one coaching and on-going mentoring to ensure that each athlete makes the most of their talent during the year. 

All current students are given the opportunity to apply for this year’s awards (Fire Brigade Trust Bursaries and/or NK Fitness Strength and Conditioning Awards).  If your son or daughter would like to apply they can collect an application form from the PE office or from the PE Student Sharepoint Site by clicking here.  Applications must be either emailed to pedept@chartersschool.org.uk, or handed into the PE office by the closing date/time of 3 pm on Monday 2 October.  The awards will be presented at Sports Presentation Evening (date to be confirmed).

Parents/Carers of Year 7 Students

All Year 7 students have now been sent their Tirabad invites and we would like to remind you that deposits should be paid and Tirabad Medical Forms returned by the required deadline, see below, in order to be considered for a place on the relevant trip.
7A and 7B – deadline was 21 September 2017 – please can any outstanding forms/payments be completed as soon as possible.
All other Tutor Groups – deadline is 11 October 2017.

Career in Fine Furniture Making for an Ex-Student

We were pleased to be contacted by former student Noah Morris who left Charters in 2016 to continue his study at the Peter Sefton's Furniture School after completing A Level Resistant Materials.  Having now concluded his course Noah has embarked on a new career in fine furniture making.  He has won awards for his innovative designs and use of veneer, and has showcased his work in the Gordon Russel Design Museum, Worcestershire.   His entry of an 'Ellipse' table was shortlisted for the Alan Peters Award for Excellence and was covered by this month’s issue of Good Woodworking Magazine.   In addition to this Noah has been invited to exhibit the 'Ellipse' table in the Furniture Makers Halls in London on the 10 October as part of the Young Furniture Makers Exhibition.  We are delighted to hear of Noah’s continued passion for DT and hope that his endeavours will inspires future generations of craftsmen and women.

Change to Late Bus on Tuesdays ONLY

Please be advised that due to changes to afterschool club times and staff meetings on Tuesdays the late bus will now leave school at 4.45 pm.

Uniform

Uniform standards are satisfactory at present apart from a couple of areas: girls’ skirts and acrylic nails/gel nails/nail varnish.  We will be undertaking spot checks over the next couple of weeks and issuing uniform (behaviour) points without the usual warning as we want our female students to look appropriately attired for a work environment.

Acrylic Nails
We would like to remind parents/carers that acrylic nails and gel nails are not permitted in school and are regarded as a uniform infringement.  A student wearing acrylic or gel nails will have 48 hours to have them removed. 

Contacting the School 

We would like to remind parents that relatively low level queries about school processes are best dealt with by emailing or phoning your son or daughter’s tutor in the first instance rather than contacting the Head of Year.  If your query is about a subject matter please contact the relevant Subject Leader or Key Stage Coordinator whose details can be found under the ‘Academic’ tab on the school website.

Old One Pound Coins

Kindly note that the school will no longer be accepting the old style one pound coins after 30 September 2017.  Please ensure that coins used to pay for “pay and train” fitness sessions, “pay and play” badminton sessions or Mufti Days for example are the new type of one pound coin. 

Associate Staff Vacancy for a Teaching Assistant

We currently have a vacancy for a Teaching Assistant.  If you are interested in this post or know anyone that might be interested, kindly go to our vacancies webpage for all details, by clicking here - Closing date: noon, Monday 25 September 2017.

New Parent App

This term we are introducing a new parent app that will replace the Learning Gateway.  The app is designed to work on all mobile devices as well as desktop computers.  A free app is available to download from the Apple and Android stores.  In the next few days parents/carers will receive an email from noreply@sims.uk with a link to register for an account.   We will initially send the invitation emails to Year 7 parents/carers and within two to three weeks to other year groups.  Further information will follow.

Emails

We are sorry to hear that our emails are not always reaching everyone, in particular we are aware this affects BT serviced emails and understand this is mainly due to the security levels implemented to block unwanted spam.  We will endeavour to make our emails as personal as possible, however, if you aren’t receiving emails may we suggest you check your spam and also try making Charters School a trusted email sender.  Alternatively if you do have an alternative email address you may like us to use please let us know.

Financial Support

If you find yourself in circumstances where it is difficult to pay for trips and activities, please contact Martyn Parker in confidence as he may be able to provide the name of a charity willing to help in genuine circumstances.

Ain't no mountain high enough to keep us from seeing Sister Act!

The Ocean Theatre Company involving many students from Charters are well underway in their preparations for their new musical, Sister Act, to be performed in the Britvic Theatre at LVS Ascot from October 27-29, 2017. 

Based on the smash hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith, Sister Act tells the hilarious story when disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, and is put into protective custody in the one place cops are sure she won't be found - a convent.  Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the lifestyle and the Mother Superior. Using her fabulous personality and amazing voice, she inspires the lacklustre choir, breathing new life into the Church. Unfortunately, she blows her cover and is a nun on the run.  Sister Act features music by the multiple Oscar and Tony Award winner, Alan Menken whose credits include Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Little Mermaid and Little Shop of Horrors.

Tickets for the show priced at £16 for Adults and Concessions at £14 can be bought through oceantheatre.com or Tel 0800 046 9692, special offers are available for groups.  Friday and Saturday performances start at 7.30 pm and Sunday's performance begins at 4.00 pm.  Based on the high calibre of previous shows, Ocean Theatre Company's Sister Act is definitely one not to miss! Please support our students and bless the show with your presence!

Anyone aged between 14 and 18 interested in joining the next production, which will be Grease in April 2018, should email info@oceantheatre.com

Message from Charters Friends Book Club

Charters Friends Book Club will next meet on Monday 6 November in the Durning Room 7.30 – 9 pm.  They will be discussing the thriller ‘Did you see Melody’ by Sophie Hannah and Ruth Hogan's ‘The Keeper of Lost Things’.  New members are always welcome.  Please email any queries to sue.roche1@btinternet.com

Community News

Request from Ascot Heath Infants School - Ascot Heath Infants School are looking for a group of people to help them with their school wild garden.  They have advised that at the moment it is a little too ‘wild’ and so they are looking for people who would be willing to spend some time cutting back the over grown plants and then spending roughly one afternoon every half-term keeping the garden looking wild but not too wild!  If you or your children are interested in helping then please contact Kelly Gillard on kgillard@ascotheathinfants.co.uk

Road Closures – A30 London Road - We have been advised that there is to be a temporary road closure at the level crossing on the A30 London Road, Sunningdale from 11.30 pm on Tuesday 3 October until 5.30 am Wednesday 4 October.  Although this is an overnight closure and does not affect our students per se, we thought you might like to be informed. 

Berks County Cobras - Please see the following notice from local football team Berks County Cobras (previously Sunninghill Saints) who are looking for students to join their team.

Forthcoming Events 

Thursday 28 September
Year 7 Curriculum Evening
7 – 8.30 pm
Main Hall

Monday 2 October
Cote D’Opale Trip Parents Information Evening
6.30 – 8.30 pm
Main Hall

Wednesday 4 October
Open Morning
9 am Tours of the School (last tour at 10.30 am) for students and parents
7 pm Information Evening to prospective parents, Talk by Co-Headteachers

Friday 6 October
Year 7 Family Skittles Night
7 – 10 pm
Main Hall

Thursday 12 October
Year 11 Parents Evening
5 – 8 pm
Durning Room

Wednesday 18 October
AWM Competition Parents Information Meeting
7 – 8 pm
Durning Room

Thursday 19 October
Sixth Form Open Evening
5.30 – 8 pm
Main Hall/Durning Cluster

Thurdsay 19 October
Term ends

Friday 20 October
INSET day, no students in school

Monday 30 October
Term starts at 8.30 am

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
Co-Headteachers