Love is in the Air!

Yesterday, St Valentine’s Day at Charters was a bit special with staff and students making a fantastic contribution towards their respective bake sales and competitions.  Each department baked for another to spread the lurve!  A huge thanks to Miss Draper and the House Captains for their romanticism.   

The students’ Valentine cake sale earnt points for the Houses and raised an amazing £335 for the House Charities, which are: 

Armstrong - Sebastian's Action Trust
Nightingale - Daisy's Dream
Pankhurst – SVP – St Vincent de Paul Society
Churchill - Jane Metson Foundation 

Thank you to everyone who baked, bought and supported.

Timetable Changes

Thank you to the many parents who have sent supportive messages regarding the planned changes to the Friday school timetable from September. 

A reminder that we will be holding a short parents’ meeting at 7 pm in the Durning Room on Wednesday 27 February for any further queries to be addressed.  If not already done so, please would you email head@chartersschool.org.uk to confirm your attendance.

Parent Ambassadors

Our Parent Ambassadors have been hard at work sourcing to enrich student learning. Our Food Department recently look delivery of a range of equipment which will be used by students from Lower School to A Level. Their donation was valued at £1550; a number of companies and individuals donated funds to purchase the items which Nisbets sold to the school at cost price.

During these times of significant financial challenges, the Ambassadors role has proved extremely successful.

Before Christmas the group sourced prizes to create a Staff Raffle which took place on the last day of term. Staff paid £5 for a raffle ticket and over £700 was raised. This money has enabled the Food Department to purchase a new sink, which will help to accommodate the larger Year 7 intake this September, and Science have purchased £300 of glassware for Chemistry.

If you are looking for a way to support the school and would like more information regarding the Parent Ambassador role please follow this link: http://www.chartersschool.org.uk/Ambassador-information

LVS Music Festival 

Year 10 student Kaie Ames won the Gold Medal at the LVS Music Festival in the rock category with a score of 30/30 on Tuesday evening. He played the piano and sang I'll Never Love Again by Lady GaGa from the movie A Star is Born. This category was judged by Bassist and Film Composer, Mike Bridge. Mike said “Kaie completely made the song his own with a flawless, confident performance which he greatly enjoyed” and told Kaie “you certainly owned this performance, being free with your cover of this, which I really enjoyed. Well done for maintaining excellent tuning throughout. You have very good vocal control.'  Well done to Kaie for his excellent musical performance. 

Community Connections Evening

Please join us on Wednesday 13 March from 7 – 9 pm when we will be hosting a Community Connections evening.

Charters School celebrated its 60th anniversary last year and restructured its PTA by creating 4 distinct areas under the Charters Friends umbrella; Fundraising, Social, Volunteering and Alumni. All embody the school’s motto of Unity, Respect, Excellence and each provides the opportunity for community involvement.

Whether you have a business that wishes to raise its profile through sponsorship or advertising initiatives, are an individual or charity that wants to volunteer time or skills, a parent who wants to help organise events and meet others or one of our alumni who wants to re-connect with the school community, we hope you will come along on 13 March to find out how you can be part of our future.

Please click here  to indicate if you are able to attend this event.

Road Safety

There has been more than one occasion recently when Charters School students have been involved in traffic accidents, or near misses, whilst walking to and from school. As far as we are aware, all of the students are going to be okay, and in more than one of the incidents the situation arose due to careless driving rather than any fault of the students. However, it does not detract from the school’s commitment to the safety of all of our students and staff. Please could I ask you to remind your sons and daughters to take personal responsibility for their safety and the safety of others whilst traveling to and from school. This includes paying attention when crossing the road, using pedestrian crossings when available, not walking in large groups, and always staying on the pavement when one is available. Road safety will be a reoccurring message to all students as part of our ongoing PSHCE programme, and we do have visits from the local police force reinforcing this message.

Key Stage 3 Schools Art Competition

Young, local artists are invited to enter Ascot Racecourse’s Schools Art Competition for a chance to win funds for their school, Amazon vouchers and tickets to attend the Saturday of Royal Ascot.

To enter, please download a competition entry form by clicking here, complete your artwork and return to the Main Office NO LATER THAN Thursday 14 March.

Winning entries will be displayed in the Ascot Heath Tunnel during Royal Ascot 2019 for guests to view and enjoy during the meeting and beyond.

PRIZES
£1,000 prize per school per age group
£50 Amazon vouchers for winning artist and tickets to Royal Ascot
£25 Amazon vouchers for runner-up artists per age group

AGE CATEGORIES:
4-6 Years
7-9 Years
10-11 Years
11-12 Years
12-13 Years
13-14 Years

Synergy Dance Show

Tickets for the Synergy dance show will go on sale on Monday 25 February when you will be able to click on the button below to book your tickets.  The show will take place on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 March and will consist of performances from our three dance companies.

Photography Competition

We are really enjoying seeing your entries for the Photography Competition.

Funds raised will again support Emotional Wellbeing at Charters and this year we are asking staff and students to take images of PLACES THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY.

  1. Take an image (no faces please)
  2. Complete the entry form http://www.chartersschool.org.uk/Photography-Competition
  3. Email the image & entry form to photo@chartersschool.org.uk
  4. Pay your entry fee on ParentPay - £5 for first image and £2 for additional images. Maximum 5 entries

There is £20 for the winner in each year and £10 for the runner-up

Competition closes at midnight on Friday 24 May and winners will be announced in June.

We are now on Instagram!

We would love to see your entries for the Photography Competition so please follow us on Instagram (Charters_School) and tag us when you post on your own Instagram account, using the hashtag #PhotoComp19

House Charity Quiz Night

Don’t forget to book your ticket for this fun evening on Friday 8 March!  Tickets are £7 and can be booked by clicking the button below or via the website https://www.trybooking.co.uk/IFA  For details of the event please click here.  

Community

Forthcoming Events 

Monday 18 to Friday 22 February
Half Term break

Monday 25 February
Term starts at 8.30 am

Thursday 28 February
Year 9 Parents Evening
5 – 8 pm in the Durning Cluster

Wednesday 6 March
Year 7 Music Concert
Times tbc in the Main Hall

Thursday 7 March 
Year 12 Parents Evening
5 – 8 pm in the Durning Cluster

Friday 8 March
Charity Quiz Night
7 – 10 pm in the Main Hall

Wednesday 13 March
Community Connections Evening
7 – 9 pm in the Main Hall

Wednesday 13 March
KS3/4 Parent Council
6 – 8 pm in the Durning Room

Tuesday 19 March
‘Synergy’ Dance Show
7.30 – 9.30 pm in the Main Hall

Wednesday 20 March
‘Synergy’ Dance Show
7.30 – 9.30 pm in the Main Hall

Thursday 21 March 
Year 8 Parents Evening for Tutor Groups A - E
4 – 6.30 pm in the Durning Cluster

Thursday 21 March 
‘Young People’s Mental Health’ Information Evening
7 - 9 pm in the Main Hall

Wednesday 27 March
Spring Music Concert
7 – 9 pm in the Main Hall

Thursday 28 March 
Year 8 Parents Evening for Tutor Groups F - I
4 – 6.30 pm in the Durning Cluster

Saturday 30 March
Gala Dinner 
6.30 pm – 1am
9.00 pm – 1am
At Windlesham Golf Club

Friday 5 April
Term ends at 1pm

Monday 8 April to Monday 22 April
Easter Break

Tuesday 23 April
Term starts at 8.30 am

Richard Pilgrim
Headteacher