Hidden Harm Campaign

Thames Valley Police and the NSPCC have joined forces to raise awareness of online child abuse and equip parents and young people with the tools needed to stay safe online.  The Hidden Harm campaign points out the danger around the growing number of cases where children and young people have been targeted by adults through popular apps and social media platforms.

As a result of this campaign an app called ‘House Party’ has been highlighted as a severe safeguarding concern.  This app is being used by a lot of our students and currently has been made aware to TVP due to grown men entering this app and talking to young girls enticing them to show body parts and asking if parents are around. This is a safeguarding concern and Charters are working with TVP in order to highlight to parents the risks these apps can pose and for you to take action if you suspect your child is involved.

Please click here for further information.

Mock Trials

On a snowy Saturday last weekend, an enthusiastic group of Year 9 and 8 students journeyed to Reading Crown Court to take part in the Young Magistrates Mock Trial competition.  Students performed as witnesses, lawyers, magistrates and legal advisors in the case of ‘The Queen v Sam Fenton’, a young person accused of possessing a weapon – a knife in a public place without reasonable excuse.  This topical subject resonated with our students and they worked hard to highlight the loopholes from the witness statements given and produce a solid case to present to the Magistrates. Our defence and prosecution teams handled witnesses and cross-examinations admirably, with some judges of the competition commenting that our cutthroat prosecution team of Eve Parker and Harley ‘The Rottweiler’ Billingham (a nickname given to him by a local Magistrate!) were the best seen in years. The team were placed second, winning vouchers for the school and moving forward to the Regionals round held in May.  Well done to all students involved and for their dedication to the competition. 

Girls’ Cricket

The Under 15 Girls Cricket team qualified for the County Finals yesterday evening during an event held at Garth Hill School.  Our team competed for the title of Berkshire Champions and faced strong opposition from both Waingels and Garth, who were fielding some Berkshire county players.  The girls played extremely well and were named Runners Up in the competition.  Well done! 

Berkshire School Games

Our students had an amazing day out at the Berkshire School Games this week. This is a multi-sport event for a number of primary and secondary schools in Berkshire. 

The Under 12 Netball team competed well in windy conditions and won the majority of their matches. At the end of the tournament when the scores were all added up they finished in bronze medal position.

Our Learning Support Centre students were able to test out their Boccia skills in a number of matches against other main stream and special schools.  It was a friendly atmosphere with all schools enjoying the social aspect as well as the competition.  Waddleton was watching on to learn some tips. The Boccia boys got a chance to try out Laser shooting at the athlete ‘cultural village’ and our students also tried cricket, cycling, archery and some circus skills.

We entered two boys and one girls team for the ‘Sports Hall Athletics’. We had some great individual results in the girl’s team at Bisham Abbey with Nathalie Camp pacing her six lap individual race really well to win by half a length and Amber Bailey and Manisha Dave having brilliant tactics in the eight lap Paarlauf, a fun running relay race performed in pairs. The boys had more success with field events with Callum Johnstone triple jumping off the end of the mat!  Congratulations go to all three teams who gave their best to the competition.

Huge congratulations to the Year 7 and 8 girls football team who won silver medals. This was an improvement on last year’s bronze and represents a real success for us. The girls represented the Ascot and Maidenhead area and were a real credit to the school. They won three of their four league games and narrowly lost 1-0 in the final. The girls demonstrated a positive attitude throughout and worked hard as a team. The final could have gone either way and the girls should be proud of their efforts!

British Schools Modern Biathlon Championships

Nine of our students attended the British Schools Modern Biathlon Championships Final last weekend at Crystal Palace.  They had a great day with some pleasing results which can be viewed by clicking here.  Well done to all students involved.  

English Schools Cross-Country Championships

The ESAA National Cross Country Championship last Saturday brought together the best runners in each of the 46 Counties in England to compete for the honour of being the best in the Country.  Our students, as part of the Berkshire team, competed in freezing, snowy conditions at Temple Newsam Park in Leeds.  With approximately 350 athletes in each race, our girls did incredibly well in their respective races.  Please click here for results. 

English Faculty Revision Clinics

Please click here for the English Faculty's revision clinic schedule for Year 11 students.

Charters Medical Society - visit from ex student Rami Elias

Last Thursday the Medical Society welcomed ex student Rami Elias who left Charters at the end of the Summer Term 2017 after his A Levels and is currently spending his gap year working in the Phlebotomy Department of St Peters' hospital before beginning his training for Medicine at St George’s Hospital in London in September.   

The following report is written by year 12 student Ali Povey (future Vet):

After outlining the purpose of hospital Phlebotomy Units Rami demonstrated the process of taking blood using a specially created and very realistic rubber ‘Phlebotomy arm.’  Rami is by now expert in using a tourniquet and demonstrated his expertise to us while we had fun trying out tourniquets on each other.  It was fascinating to hear about the complexity of the rules and regulations surrounding the extraction of human blood. Rami explained clearly the difference between the three different blood collection containers and the precise order for use as well as the special agents affecting clotting.  Students each took a sample of ‘blood’ from the arm and even involved the school mascot, Waddleton in the process.

Associate Staff Vacancies

We currently have Associate Staff Vacancies for a Cover Supervisor, Cover Manager and a Teaching Assistant.   Details of these vacancies can be found by clicking here to go to the vacancies page on our website.  Please feel free to mention these vacancies to your family and friends.

Vacancy for New Parent Trustee

Our Board of Trustees is seeking a new Parent Trustee to start in May.  Further information on how to apply will be issued to all parents after the Easter break. Our Trustees are volunteers and dedicate a great deal of personal time to Charters.  We are particularly interested in hearing from parents with specialism in Creative Arts, Finance and Marketing and we are looking for an individual who is passionate about education, prepared to spend time learning about the school and who is able to learn about what it means to be a Trustee by attending locally run courses, as well as attend diarised Trustee Meetings. 

You are eligible to apply if you have a child at the school, at the time of election.  If you want to know more, we encourage you to arrange a confidential, informal chat with our Chair, Ellie Wallace. Please email our Clerk to Trustees, Laura Law l.law@chartersschool.org.uk   We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your interest.

Thank You – Nurture Landscapes

We would like to say thank you to Nurture Landscapes, an award winning national horticulture and landscape maintenance business based in Windlesham, for sponsoring the Charters students who will be representing England at the ISF International Cross Country Competition in Paris next month.  One of our parents works for the company and asked their Managing Director if he would be willing to support the girls.  Nurture Landscapes' contribution towards travel costs will make a real difference to the team and we would like to thank all concerned.

Prom Tickets and Leavers Hoodies for Year 11

Don’t forget that tickets for the Year 11 Prom are now available for students to purchase.  Tickets cost £20 and can be bought through ParentPay.  The Prom will be held on Friday 6 July.

Year 11 Leavers Hoodies are now ready to order by clicking here.  Hoodies cost £22 each and are available in navy with a choice of three inners colours - blue, pink or yellow.  There is the option of adding a nickname to the top section.  Please note these will be approved by Mr Devine prior to printing.  Sample sizes XS-XXL are available from Mrs McGrath’s office and can be tried on to check sizing either before or after school, or at Second Break.  The hoodies will be delivered and handed out in school at a date yet to be confirmed.  The deadline for ordering is the last day of term, Thursday 29 March.

Dance Show

Tickets still available for our dance show ‘gENESIS’ on Tuesday 17 April.  Please click here to book tickets. Adult: £5.50 Concessions: £4.50.

Diamond Anniversary Evening Entertainment - £10

There are now only four weeks to go until the Diamond Anniversary Gala Dinner which we are hosting at Windlesham Golf Club on Friday 20 April.  Planned to celebrate the school’s birthday and raise valuable funds for the school, the event is sure to be a night to remember.  We’d like as many families as possible to enjoy the celebrations and have now released a limited number of tickets for the evening entertainment.  Use the night as an excuse to get together with your friends and enjoy the first-class disco from 9 pm until 1 am.  Tickets are just £10 and are available by clicking here.

The Giving Machine

In the past few months our school has received over £200 from The Giving Machine.

Go to https://www.thegivingmachine.co.uk/causes/charters-school/ and use sign-up code 100165 to support Charters School.

Then each time you buy online, companies will donate a percentage of the purchase price to our school at no extra cost to you, the buyer!

Roadworks on Devenish Road

We would like to reiterate to parents/carers the importance of exhibiting patience and care whilst there are roadwork traffic lights on Devenish Road. We have had several reports of cars ‘jumping’ the traffic lights when they are on red, especially during the morning drop off rush hour, which is extremely dangerous to both our students walking along the pavement and to other vehicles.  We understand that queueing can be frustrating but please exercise caution at all times.

Charters Friends Book Club  - will next meet in the Durning Room on Monday 30 April, 7.30 - 9 pm.  They are hoping to have a local author and Charters’ Mum, Poormina Manco, joining them at their next Book Club to share thoughts on her short story collection, ‘Parvathy’s Well & Other Stories.’  Their second read by Adam Kay ‘This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor’ is a true account of life as a Junior Doctor.  New members always welcome to the half-termly book club.

Community News

Holiday Bikeability Courses

Cycle Experience is offering Bikeability Holiday courses on behalf of Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council.

These courses provide an opportunity for children who missed out on training at school, or need a little more practice in order to achieve their targeted level.

These courses will be taking place at Furze Platt.  For more information, and to book please visit: www.cycleexperience.com or call the contact centre on 0330 024 1783 or email info@cycleexperience.com

Please click on the following link if you would like to submit a suggestion - STUDENT SUGGESTION BOX

Forthcoming Events 

Monday 26 March
Upper School Spring Concert
7 – 9 pm in the Main Hall

Thursday 29 March
Term ends at 1 pm

Friday 30 March – 13 April
Spring Holiday

Monday 16 April
Term starts at 8.30 am

Monday 16 April
Year 10 and Year 12 Morrisby Psychometric Tests
9 am – 12 noon in H12

Thursday 19 April
Year 7 Parents Evening
5 – 8 pm in the Durning Cluster

Friday 20 April
Diamond Anniversary Ball
6.30 pm – 1 am at Windlesham Golf Club

Thursday 26 April
Emotional Wellbeing Parent Event
7 – 9 am in the Durning Room

Monday 30 April
Charters Friends Book Club
7.30 – 9 pm in the Durning Room

Monday 7 May
Bank Holiday

Friday 18 May
Year 13 Leavers Ball
Berystede Hotel

Tuesday 22 May
Salamanca Parent/Student Meeting
7 – 8.30 pm in the Main Hall

Wednesday 23 May
Montpellier Parent/student Meeting
7 – 8.30 pm in the Main Hall

Friday 25 May
Term ends at 3 pm

Martyn Parker and Richard Pilgrim