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Weekly Update 20 July 2012

Olympic Community Celebration and Summer Fayre at Charters School

Saturday 14 July
Despite the weather, Saturday’s Summer Fayre was a great triumph raising over £9,000 to support the school’s activities and in particular our Multi-sports Centre proposal. More than that, however, it was a great opportunity to bring together people from across our community. In fact, because of the weather, stalls and activities were congregated inside and around the school buildings and this enabled us to showcase our superb facilities. It also meant that visitors could move easily from a variety of stalls to a selection of tasty food outlets before encountering the entertainment on offer.

The school is delighted to have resurrected an annual Summer Fayre, as it provides a fitting celebration and end to the school year. It does, however, take a lot of hard work and organisation and we would like to thank all those parents and members of the local community who gave up their time to make this event so successful and, in particular, Mr Harvey (Deputy Headteacher) and Mrs Marson (PR and Marketing Officer) who were the real driving forces behind the Summer Fayre.

Start of Term Arrangements

We would just like to remind parents that there will be 2 INSET days at the start of the new academic year in September 2012. We would like to highlight the slightly revised arrangements for the staggered start to the term.  Please take a moment to check the start dates for each Year Group to note in your diaries:

Tuesday 4 September 2012 - INSET Day – school closed to students
Wednesday 5 September 2012 - INSET Day – school closed to students
Thursday 6 September 2012 - First school day for Years 7, 12, 13 and the Year 11 Prefect Mentors (in support of Year 7)
Friday 7 September 2012 - First school day for Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 (Years 12
and 13 not in except by appointment)

Outstanding Long Service!

Four members of staff at Charters School have managed to notch up an incredible 35 years’ service apiece – a staggering total of 140 years between them!! We would like to thank Keith Cattran (Facilities Manager), Stuart Luker (Economics), Alan Osmond (English/Film Studies) and Graham Stagg (Curriculum Leader: Technology) for their many years of loyal and excellent service to the school. Please on the link to see the photograph.

Staff Leavers

We have a number of staff leaving at the end of this academic year, and we would therefore like to thank the following for all their hard work at the school: Mr P Wragg (Science – 10 years’ service), Mrs G Ambery (TA – 10 years), Miss S Nelson (Maths – 9 years), Mrs S Bourne (Maths – 7 years), Mr S Murray (MFL – 6½ years), Mr M Love (PE – 5½ years), Mrs H Carmo (Maths – 5 years), Mrs H Phillips (Business – 4 years), Mrs E Mullen (Common Room Supervisor – 4 years), Mr D Marsh (Science - 3½ years), Mr I Hardiman (Science – 3 years), Mr J Barrett (Science – 2½ years), Miss Crocker (Music), Mrs S Probert (MFL). Thanks also to our superb TAs, (Mrs S Field, Miss J Heckford, Mr S Rogg, Mr G Warner, Mr C Wales and Mrs C Gale) and the GTP students who have been with us for the last year (Mr D Whittall, Mr P Fowler, Mrs V Miller and Mr D Ayres). Good luck to them all in their new jobs.

We would also like to thank Miss Abby Birhanu (Art) who has been on secondment from the USA for the last year via the Fulbright Teacher Exchange. It has been a pleasure for us all to have Miss Birhanu at Charters and we wish her every success on her return to her home school.

School Shop

Due to a lack of experienced volunteers, the school shop will NOT be open on Wednesday 22 August. It will be open as usual between 10 am and 2.30 pm on 25 July and 1, 8, 15 and 29 August.

Mathematical ‘Olympic’ Gold Medal!

In June this year, William Davies 8H took part in the Junior Mathematical Olympiad. Only 1200 Year 7 and 8 students are invited to participate in this event from across the whole of the UK. William achieved one of the top 50 scores in the whole competition! His prize is a book and a gold medal, the first student from Charters to ever achieve such success. Many congratulations William!

History of the Olympics

Congratulations to Isaac Gardiner (9A) who won first prize in the History of the Olympics competition. His project was a fantastic combination of History and Sport with 3 clear arguments all presented within the Olympic rings. Isaac argued that the first Olympics in Olympia was the greatest ever games, the Decathlon is the greatest Olympic event and that Sir Steve Redgrave is the greatest Olympian ever. Isaac has won tickets to see the Gold Medal Match in the Womens’ Football at Wembley Stadium on Thursday 9 August. Congratulations should also go to Julie Fitzpatrick (9M), Katie Rock (9C) and Zara Bradfield (9C) who also produced excellent presentations and were runners up in the overall competition. Well done to all those who entered!

Mephedrone Briefing

We have been alerted that during the past year Bracknell Forest has experienced high levels of Mephedrone use among its residents. Young people are the main users - with RBWM sharing its Ascot borders with BFBC, this is something that should concern us.

As part of our Personal, Social and Health Education Programme, students are made aware of the dangers of drug use in order to help them to make the right choices. Charters parents also recently attended a very successful drugs information evening. Nevertheless, we wanted to pass on this information sheet to all parents in order to raise their awareness, please click on the link.

New Speed Limit on Devenish Road

Parents should be aware that the speed limit on Devenish Road has been lowered from 40 to 30 miles per hour.

Summer Holiday Activities

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead have full details of the summer holiday activities that are available for children and families in the Borough. Please click on the link to go to the ‘Family Service Directory’ on their website for all the latest information.

Volunteer Awards

The RBWM launched its first Volunteer Awards on Thursday 28 June to recognise the outstanding contribution that individuals or groups make to council projects and the local community. Please take advantage of this opportunity to thank any volunteers who have made a difference to you. Follow this link to find out more and cast your vote before the deadline of Friday 24 August, click here.

Forthcoming Events

Tuesday 4 & Wednesday 5 September 2012  INSET Days – school closed to students

Thursday 6 September School commences for Year 7, 12 and 13 students only (and also those Year 11 Prefect Mentors who are supporting Year 7) 8.35 am

Friday 7 September  School commences for Year 8, 9, 10, 11 students (Years 12 and 13 students are not in, except by appointment)  8.35 am

Thursday 20 September  Year 12 Parents’ Evening  5pm Sixth Form Block

Tuesday 2 October  Open Morning

Tuesday 2 October  Prospective Parents Evening  7 pm in the Main Hall

Wishing all our students and parents a relaxing and enjoyable summer break!

Martyn Parker and Richard Pilgrim