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CCHS Newsletter 55 - 4th April 2022
Weekly Message from Mr Harding, Executive Headteacher
This week we say farewell to Mr Philpin and Miss Walters from the Maths department, both of whom are on to pastures new. I'm very grateful for their time here at Codsall High and the difference they have made to the lives of young people they have taught whilst here.

We obviously finish for Easter on Friday and when I reflect back on the term I can see that it has been a significant challenge for some students. We continue to have disrupted learning due to the impact of CoVid and whilst we work hard at finding quality supply staff our experience is exactly the same as all of the schools in our area. Staff having to isolate inevitably impacts on the continuity of learning. We are sorry for this but it is something that we have very little control over.

 As I've said before, we find ourselves in the most challenging of times both at a national and international level and it's inevitable that the unremitting drip feed of negative news can filter into our thoughts and feelings. I earnestly hope that in the coming weeks and months there will be good news that can cheer us all up but in terms of what we can control as a school I make the following promises; 1) we will do everything in our power to ensure that we provide as many positive, enriching and engaging experiences as we can for our young people and 2) we will not compromise on our standards and expectations. We continue to expect the very best from our students and when some occasionally fall short, the consequences are clear and consistent.

I hope that everyone has a restful, peaceful and healthy Easter.



Mr Harding
Executive Headteacher
Codsall Federation of Schools
Upcoming Events
Saturday 9th April - Easter Holidays begin

Monday 25th April - Summer Term begins
House Litter Pick Competition
Congratulations to Discovery and Enterprise House who drew in the House Litter Pick Competition.  Thank you to everyone who volunteered both from CCHS and the local community.  Together they cleared all the litter from on and around the school site and improved our environment.
Condover Netball Trip
The students had an excellent weekend at Condover Hall and we definitely took the weather with us! The Year 9 team came runners up in the plate competition and all teams had a fantastic time!
Duke of Edinburgh Award Trip Information
Students taking part in the DofE Award 
Please remember that the deadline for completing each of your DofE sections and uploading your evidence onto your eDofE account is the end of Easter. Well done to all the students who have already completed this.

What evidence you need in each section:
- At least one photo 
- Activity logs with the correct period of time 
- An assessor's report, these can be completed straight onto your account if you share your DofE ID number with your assessor
- Once completed the above please message Mrs Ward to check your account
Kit list reminder 
There is a kit list on the CCHS DofE Moodle page. Please download and start thinking about the items you will need for the expedition.

Bronze Award training and expedition dates:
19th May - Training day 1, including first aid - In school (normal school day)
10th June - Training day 2, navigation - Cannock Chase (information to be shared after Easter)
29th-30th June - 2 day Expedition - Long mynd 
1st July - Kit returned and Presentations in School (period 1-3)


Silver Award training and expedition dates:
24th June, (this was the 9th June) - Training day 1, First aid, Route planning and expedition preparing - In school (please note this is an inset day) 
6th July (6pm start) - 8th July  - Practice expeditions in Long Mynd (information to be shared after Easter)
18th - 20th July - 3 day Qualifier Expedition in Llangollen (Information to be shared after Easter)
21st July - Kit returned and Presentations in School 9.00-11.00 (please note that school breaks up on the 20th July)


Gold award Training and Expedition dates
16th June -  First aid training, Wilderness camp and route cards (in school)
11th-15 July - Practice Expedition (Snowdonia)
25th - 29th July - Qualifying Expedition (Snowdonia) (First week of the 6 weeks holiday)
The Codsall Chronicles

Please find below a link to the latest issue of the Codsall Chronicles. 
https://www.flipsnack.com/96FBB6AA9F7/codsall-chronicles-spring-issue-5.html
Covid Testing Flow Diagram
Should your child test positive for Covid, please see updated guidance below.
On-Line Reading Platform
Like teen fiction and realistic stories? Try The Crossing – Manjeet Mann 
Powerful, compassionate and ultimately hopeful. Observer WINNER OF THE COSTA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD 2021 and the Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week - a trailblazing novel about two teenagers from opposite worlds; The Crossing is a profound story of hope, grief, and the very real tragedies of the refugee crisis. The sea carries our pain. The stars carry our future. Natalie's world is falling apart. She's just lost her mum and her brother marches the streets of Dover full of hate and anger. Swimming is her only refuge. Sammy has fled his home and family in Eritrea for the chance of a new life in Europe. Every step he takes on his journey is a step into an unknown and unwelcoming future. A twist of fate brings them together and gives them both hope. But is hope enough to mend a broken world?
Suitable for:  All year groups at CCHS
The link for ePlatform is:  https://cchs.eplatform.co/
User name and passwords can be obtained from English teachers.
Staff Commendations
Students that have been nominated for extra praise by teaching staff and will receive extra Achievement points for their Head of Year/ Senior Leadership Team nomination which can be seen on EduLink. 
The students nominated this week are as follows:  

Bethany B                                 Daveian B
Emelia B                                   Amy C
Nour E                                      Luke G
Bella H                                      Phoebe H
Dylan P                                     Lydia W


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COMMUNITY EVENTS
Perton FREE Uniform Exchange on Facebook

The Perton Uniform Exchange group is a community swap group for parents who may be struggling to buy uniform. Parents don't charge each other for items.  https://en-gb.facebook.com/groups/374633619888467/

Safe & Sound - Join us Wednesday 6th April @ 10:00am

This broadcast will feature safety talks from Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership, Stoke on Trent City Council, Network Rail, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, GIST, Tamworth Borough Council and HMB Training.

https://learnliveuk.com/safesound/

If you would like us to share a community event with others in a future newsletter, please contact the school with details email: office@cc-hs.com
Have your circumstances changed recently?

Parents claiming some benefits can claim free school meals for any of their children who are registered at a Staffordshire school and who would normally be at school at lunch time. School meals are a good way to ensure that your child eats well at lunchtime and you can save yourself time and money.

Even if you don't want your children to have the meals, claiming them helps their school. The more eligible parents who claim meals, the more funding the school receives.

The phone number for the free school entitlement checking service team has changed.  Should you need to contact them regarding any claims queries, their number is now 0300 111 8007  option 3, then option 2


https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Education/Educational-awards-benefits/FreeSchoolMeals/Apply-online.aspx
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