Chinese Teachers Visit
This week we have been delighted to welcome Jessie, Grace, Diana and Candy, four visiting teachers from China, to Charters for four days. As well as observing what goes on in an English school they taught Mandarin to our students and lessons based on their culture, Chinese paper cutting and how to use chopsticks correctly! They were a delightful and interested group and were very complimentary about our students’ openness, friendliness and respectfulness.
There is much to learn from China about their work ethic and challenge in lessons but, equally, they have picked up some good ideas about the success we have in developing the all-round character and skills in our students. Thank you to Ms Morrison for her excellent organisation of this important visit.
STEM Building Official Opening
We will be officially opening the new STEM facility in the afternoon of 8 November. We are delighted to be welcoming Professor Lord Robert Winston to Charters to carry out the duty. This new block will be known as The Winston STEM Building.
Centre of Biomedical Sciences at Royal Holloway
We welcomed Dr James McEvoy from the Centre of Biomedical Sciences at Royal Holloway University to speak to students from Year 10 to 13 about Antibiotic Resistance - 165 students attended this optional extension lecture. Dr McEvoy spoke about how resistance has developed, the biological mechanisms responsible for it and issues we may face in the future. His talk encompassed many of the fundamental concepts that we study in A Level and it was very aspirational for our KS4 students. We received really positive feedback from our students and the lecturer. We hope to run more sessions in the future with Royal Holloway.
The Hour Challenge
On Monday students in Years 7, 8 and 9 took part in a sponsorship run around the school field during their tutor period, to raise money for our four House charities. It was a wonderful spectacle to see so many students and staff out on the field. I am sure there were some tired legs on Tuesday! All the students were fantastic and even some members of staff joined in to collect House points.
The total number of laps will be added up and we are hoping to raise more than we have done in previous years. We can only do that with the help and support of students, staff, parents and carers so thank you in anticipation. Please can all the sponsorship money be collected, and handed into tutors, by next Friday 19 October.
Thank you and well done to all students and staff involved especially Miss Draper and Mr Hall.
World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day is celebrated each year on 10 October and we have been encouraging students to talk openly about mental health during a series of assemblies this week. The Year 10 Emotional Wellbeing Champions, who have received training in identifying mental health issues among their peers, designed the assemblies and delivered them to each year group to highlight the fact that 1 in 4 young people will struggle with their mental health at some point.
They explained that the issue can affect anyone and highlighted a surprisingly long list of celebrities who have spoken openly about their struggles, encouraging students who are experiencing similar feelings to talk about their worries with teachers, friends or family members. The school is keen to promote an open culture around mental health issues to remove any stigma.
Thank you to Jansen, Kiera, Emily, Theo, Nina and Ollie.
Charters was delighted to welcome Tim Coombs from Kooth yesterday to deliver sessions to all year groups across the school on mental health and the Kooth service. Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use. Scheduled to link in with World Mental Health Day and assemblies this week on well being, the sessions were very well received by our students. Our goal is to continue to educate our young people on this important topic and provide them with information on the sources of help they can access when they need it.
Schools Biathlon Competition – Regional Round
Last Saturday a number of our students represented Charters in the regional round of the Schools Biathlon Competition. The students competed in both a challenging run and a swim, in horrible wet and windy conditions. All our students performed admirably with some doing exceptionally well to win medals in their age group:
Jenna Bailey - 1st in Under 12 Girls
Lola Andrews – 3rd in the Under 13 Girls
Sammy Pemberton – 2nd in the Under 14 Boys
Emma Fussey - 2nd in Under 15 Girls
NEP Film and Media Trip
Our Year 12 Film and Media students had a fantastic and very productive day at NEP Inc's Student Open Day at their site in Bracknell. They heard from some incredibly inspiring speakers, learnt about how to gain work experience and made contact with key players in the media production industry, including Steve Jenkins (President, NEP UK & Ireland), Peter Taylor (Production Manager, BBC) and Inga Ruehl (Head of Studios, Sky). They were able to try out a huge variety of film production equipment including filming a rock band and editing the footage, to presenting a football match in the Sky Sports green room studio!
Year 7 and 8 Skittles Evening
Last Friday saw many Year 7 and 8 families gathering in the Main Hall for a thoroughly enjoyable evening of skittles. A good time was had by all and our thanks to Miss MacDonnell for organising the event.
Year 7 Disco
The Year 7 Disco will be held on Friday 9 November from 7 to 9 pm in the Main Hall. Tickets, including refreshments, are £7 and can be purchased on ParentPay only. Please click here for details or contact Miss MacDonnell for further information email@example.com
Parents’ Council – are you interested in being involved?
Under the chairmanship of a Deputy Headteacher, our Parents’ Council meets to discuss issues of school life from the perspective of the family. The group meets termly, this year on a Wednesday evening, and they invite anyone who may be interested in joining in to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Further information can be found by clicking here.
Charters ex-student and Paralympic gold medallist, Sophie Christiansen, has recently launched an initiative to bring the public closer to the action of para sport and leave a lasting legacy.
By joining Sophie's Gold Club you can join her journey to Tokyo 2020. The club provides a unique experience into the world of para sport via personal updates, yard visits, behind the scenes access on competition days, a welcome pack, a private Facebook page, discounts with associated companies and the opportunity to own elements of Sophie’s personal memorabilia.
Membership which is £25 per year can be accessed via this link http://www.sophiechristiansen.co.uk/goldclub
Thames Valley Police Hidden Harm Campaign
Please click here to read information from Thames Valley Police regarding their hate crime campaign which is running in October.
Bonfire Night is once again just around the corner and on Saturday 3 November Ascot Round Table is organising their annual Charity Fireworks Display at Ascot Racecourse, with all funds raised going to local charities.
Tickets are purchased online and those using ‘charters’ as a discount code will automatically save £2 per ticket on the gate price and the school will receive 15% of the sales. Gates open at 4 pm and fireworks start at 6 pm. Tickets can be purchased by click here.
Tell your friends and enjoy the fun!
Charters Friends Community:
Wednesday 17 October - Coffee Morning @ Costa Coffee, High Street, Ascot 8.30 - 10.30 am
Coffee morning open to all new parents/carers for a chance to meet and catch up with other parents/carers new to the school.
Friday 9 November - Bag2School
There will be a Bag2School collection on Friday 9 November. This is great way to support school raising money AND clear out unwanted clothes and other items. Please click here to see what you can donate. This can be done in any plastic bag/bin liner. Some bag2school bags are available at school should you require one.
Other Up Coming Charters Community Events:
Friday 9 November – Year 7 Disco
Monday 12 November – Charters Community Meeting 6.00 – 7.30 pm (Durning Room)
Monday 12 November – Charters Friends Book Club 7.30 – 9.00pm (Durning Room)
Thursday 15 November – Community Drinks for Parents/Carers (time/venue tbc)
Charters Tennis - Half Term Tennis Coaching Courses
Please click here for more information or to book courses.
Wednesday 17 October
KS3 Evening Music Recital
5.30 – 6.30 pm in the Main Hall
KS4/5 Evening Music Recital
7 – 8.30 pm in the Main Hall
Thursday 18 October
Sixth Form Open Evening
5.30 – 8 pm
Friday 19 October
Term 1 ends at 3 pm
Monday 22 October to Friday 2 November
Half Term break
Monday 5 November
Term 2 starts at 8.30 am
Friday 9 November
Friday 9 November
Year 7 Disco
7 - 9 pm in the Main Hall
Monday 12 November
Charters Friends Book Club
7.30 – 9 pm in the Durning Room