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CCHS Newsletter 30 - 12th July 2021
Weekly Message from Mr Harding, Executive Head Teacher
Welcome to the last newsletter of this academic year.
Please note that there is a very detailed letter being sent out to parents this week so I won't repeat many of the messages that are in that. However, what I do want to say is a huge thank you to the staff that are leaving us this year and moving on to pastures new.
We say goodbye to:
  • Miss Stewart who is returning to Northern Ireland having completed her first year of teaching at Codsall High School. 
  • Miss Davies (SEN)  is moving on to a new role as a specialist education advisor,
  • Mr Probert is leaving to spend more time with his family
  • Mrs Hewitt is moving on to a new teaching role in a new school
  • Mrs Davies (RE) is retiring to spend more time with her family, especially her grandchildren! 
  • Mr Wakelin is moving on to a teaching role in a new school closer to home. Mr Wakelin was appointed as Deputy Headteacher in 2006 and was instrumental in making the school what it is today.
  • Finally, Mrs Garrett, a member of the cleaning team who has been here for 16 years is also retiring.
All of the staff listed here have made such an important contribution to the lives of so many students over the years. I'm very grateful to each and every one of them for making a difference.
Finally, I hope that everyone has a fantastic summer and that we all get the opportunity to relax and enjoy the break. I look forward to welcoming you back in September.
Mr Harding
Executive Headteacher
Codsall High Federation of Schools
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Presentations from The Kiyan Prince Foundation
Students in year 9 and 10 were very fortunate to be able to take part in talks given by Dr Mark Prince OBE who is the founder and leader of The Kiyan Prince Foundation (The KPF). The KPF is Endeavour House's official House charity, so it was fantastic to be able to have them come into school to speak to our students.

The Kiyan Prince Foundation was established in 2008 in memory of Kiyan Prince, Dr Prince’s fifteen-year-old son and a talented footballer who was stabbed in the heart, whilst trying to break up a fight, outside his school gates. This devastating tragedy marked the beginning of a journey which has not only transformed Dr Prince’s life but also equipped him with the knowledge and skills to support families and help prevent similar cases.

A significant part of the foundation’s work is to target school aged children and young people from primary through to secondary and tertiary education, through mentoring, life skills and training programmes. During his talks, Dr Prince spoke about how all students have the power to be future champions and about the power of self belief. He told them about his hardships and battles throughout life, the lessons he has learned and what he learned about himself on his journey. 

The students have not stopped talking about his visit and have written some testimonials about what they have taken away from the talks. Here are some below:


"I really liked the presentation yesterday because listening to Mark's background made me realise what people my age go through. Three years ago, I lost my best friend, who felt like my brother, to a knife crime and ever since my motivations went downhill. Everything I liked doing, I stopped. But after listening to what Mark has been through and how he spoke about it is really motivational. After the presentation him and his friends came to speak to us and it made my motivation rise - I'm going to start boxing again, running and go back to the gym. Thank you Mark!" - Alex, Year 10 Student

"I really enjoyed it. He could still talk about his son's death - it was really inspirational and so brave of him." - Kacper, Year 9 Student

"To Dr Mark Prince - I found the talk yesterday really inspirational and heartwarming. I feel there should be talks like these every year to all kids to help prevent knife crime and what happened to your son. I am very sorry for your loss. I agree 100% with everything you said and I really feel that you are helping to save so many lives through what you are doing. Keep up your amazing work. I'm not really into football but I really want to try FIFA now that I know your son is a player in the game. Thank you for everything. I'm sure Kiyan is looking down on you from Heaven and will be so proud of what you are doing to help young people. - Year 10 Student.

"I personally found his talk incredibly inspirational and motivational - it's shown me that I don't need to do drugs or crime to fit it, it's made me proud of the person that I am and I know I never want to get involved in that kind of life. I think this talk will have changed student's views on how they act. His talk also taught me that I'm the only one who is going to make me successful and noty to put up with toxic people. It has inspired me to keep being kind and helping people. Thank you so much for coming in, it's exactly the motivation I needed going into year 11. keep doing what you are doing- you are changing and saving so many lives. Thank you - it was amazing."



If you would like to donate to The KPF charity to help fund the amazing work that they do you can do so by going to www.thekpf.com and clicking on the donate button. Otherwise - look out for events next year run by Endeavour House to raise money for this wonderful charity.
-Miss Cutts
Gold DofE Practice
Last week our 6th form students enjoyed the short bursts of sunshine in North Wales on their practice Gold DofE expedition.
The students had a steep learning curve on the importance of being prepared in the outdoors due to the intense weather conditions. They have learnt lots and should be super proud of challenges they have overcome. The Gold award is not an easy award to achieve and this is why it is weighted so highly on any CV and apprenticeship / university / job application forms. 
During the award, students learn and develop important life skills which will support them in the future, such as the importance of preparation, independence, teamwork, determination and resilience. They will definitely be ready to take on the 5-day qualifing expedition and wildernes camps in Snowdonia during the first week of the 6 week summer holidays.
Best of luck to all students that are taking part.
A massive thank you must go to all the staff involved in the Duke of Edinburgh award here at Codsall High School, whether they actually go on the expeditions or work tirelessly behind the scenes. 
Thank you to Mrs C Ward, Mr R Jones, Mr L Humphries, Miss J Guest, Ms E Davies, Mrs S Freeman and Mr D Buckley.
Staff Leavers
At the end of this school year  we are saying goodbye to the following staff, and would like to wish them lots of luck for the future from us all.
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Teaching Assistants (TAs)
A huge THANK YOU to all our Teaching Assistants who have worked so hard throughout the past 15 months, supporting students with on-line lessons and ensuring students in school have been safe and reassured while in school. 
Thank you to the whole team.
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Teaching Staff
Last, but not least, what a fantastic effort from all our fantastic Teaching staff.  A massive THANK YOU for the way they rose to the challenge under such difficult circumstances to provide on-line and hybrid classes for students, and support our students in any way they could, while contending with the worries of lockdown and their own families.
A fantastic job!
Upcoming Events
Each Wednesday and Sunday - Staff and Student home Lateral Flow Tests - please continue to do these and submit results through the school website

Tuesday 13th July         - 4-7pm - Year 9 Parents' evening (on-line)
Wednesday 14th July   - Sports Day
Friday 16th July            - 1pm - School closes for Summer (non-uniform day)

Tuesday 10 August       - 10-11am - A-level results day*
Thursday 12 August     - 10-11am - GCSE results day*


* Please note - it is expected that results will be available in school from 10am on Tuesday 10th August (A-level and Level 3 BTEC courses) and Thursday 12th August (GCSE and Level 2 BTEC courses).  Any variations to the timings will be notified to the relevant students using Edulink.

New School Year
Wednesday 1st September    - Staff training day (school closed to students)
Thursday 2nd September       - Staff training day (school closed to students)
Friday 3rd September             - SCHOOL REOPENS (details of year group start dates will be communicated shortly)
Wednesday 8th September     - School photo day
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:

 
      Oliver B                  Harry B                   Jenson B               Liam C
      Hannie D                Ruby F                   Jack G                   Sophie H
      Thomas H              Ruby H                   Alex J                     Kieran K     
      Olivia L                   Jayden L                Jack L                     Max M
      Aoife P                    Bailey P                 Elliot R                    Oliver R
      Sophie R                EmmyLou R           Frankie S                Carla W
      Adam W   
Book Recommendations
As the Summer holidays are upon us, and with more time for leisure reading, here are two more recommendations.
Some will be linked to a particular curriculum area, others will simply be books that your child might be interested in reading or that you might both want to read and compare notes.
The Claws of Evil
by Andrew Beasley

Welcome to Victorian London: the home of the Artful Dodger, Sherlock Holmes…and Ben Kingdom.  Unknown to mere mortals, an ancient battle is being waged across the city.  Below the streets lurk the Legion, an evil gang of miscreants and criminals in league with the monstrous Feathered Men – determined to unleash Hell on the streets of London.  But above the city’s rooftops a ragtag band of orphans, mystics and spies, dedicated to protecting the vulnerable and guarding London against evil.
 
Suitable for:  All year groups at CCHS
ISBN: 9781409544005
True Stories of Crime and Detection
by Gill Harvey

Nine true stories of master criminals and the detectives who foiled them - from serial murderers such as the Yorkshire Ripper, to art forgers, kidnappers and Great Train Robbers. Engaging, narrative non-fiction for readers who prefer fact to fiction.
 
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  Available for free on Sora.  Sora link: https://soraapp.com/home - this is for all Year 9 or Year 10 pupils. If any pupils can't remember their logins (they are written in their yellow books) then they can email at efo@ch-pb.com 

Suitable for:  All year groups at CCHS
ISBN: 1474903797
Students are still being encouraged to sign up for a free online tool recently produced by a charity called Read for Good. Students are sent unique web links where they register their reading and the number of minutes they have spent reading, which then contributes to a 'school total'. It's really easy to use - for pupils to be able to log a variety of different texts on this, e.g. article, comic, book.  The school's page can be found here https://trackmyread.org/public/I9Cku4VoTlyyCjaPdWq4

Thank you to all of the students who have already registered their reading.  Miss Ford is very pleased with your progress!
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.


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