Monthly Archives: March 2019


Headteachers Blog 26 – March 2019

29th March 2019

Today is when we should be leaving the European Union, or as some of my Year 7 students thought- leaving Europe (which as I pointed out is geographically impossible!). As suspected all along, BREXIT has not yet happened and who knows how things will play out. The plot seems to change every day, and as I write this I am not even sure who our Prime Minister will be next week! A great pity that the BREXIT vote three years ago didn’t allow 16-17 year olds to participate, especially as this decision may have far reaching consequences on their futures.

 

With great irony, I welcomed our French Exchange students to Malvern this morning who I think are somewhat bemused by the whole BREXIT debate. School exchanges are such an important part of helping students to learn a foreign language and I know the huge benefits of these visits. We will continue to support our exchanges to France and Spain, whether or not BREXIT happens, though I guess it may become more difficult to organise if we leave the EU without a deal.

 

The event which we are all looking forward to is The Chase Community Auction which will open for bidding on Friday 12th April at 12 noon. Teachers, staff, parents, grandparents and other school supporters have offered some fantastic items for the auction and there is something to suit every interest and budget. Bidders can sort out their summer reading by bidding on some of the 50 books signed by their authors such as Bad Dad by David Walliams, The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket or The One Plus One by Jo Jo Moyes. If you are looking for Fathers’ Day gifts, you can bid on a sports car thrill ride experience, 2-ball golf session or a bottle of special gin. If afternoon tea is more your thing, you can bid on tea for two at Whitley Court, The Fold at Bransford or afternoon tea with me at my house!  Learn a new skill like how to crochet a hat, make a lampshade or bid on a three-hour 1:1 road safety session for cyclists.  Speaking of road safety, I am renewing my minibus driving licence in order to offer a chauffeur service for up to 15 students to and from the Y11 Prom at Stanbrook Abbey in a Chase minibus.  Anyone can bid and bidding will remain open until 17th May. All funds raised will go towards the purchase of learning equipment at The Chase. For a more extensive list of the auction lots offered, see the Friends of The Chase section at the end of this Bulletin.

 

And finally- a reminder that the last school day of this term is Friday 12th April and not the Thursday as is inaccurately published in the students planners. This last day of term will be a non-school uniform day, with the £1 donation required for students to wear their own clothes going to support the community project work planned to be carried out in Madagascar by our World Challenge students this summer.

 

Mr M Fieldhouse

Headteacher

 

Headteachers Blog 25 – February 2019

28th February 2019

What a lovely start to this new half term with beautiful warm sunshine cheering us all up and giving us some much needed Vitamin D, as we embark on a very important period of time for our Year 11 and Year 13 students.

 

Firstly I must thank all the staff who generously gave up their time to support the two ski trips which took place during the half term holiday, which I understand were both a great success. Our students are always a real credit to The Chase when on school trips and these were no exception. This does make staffing these trips much easier when the students are impeccably behaved and respond so maturely and sensibly to instructions.

 

At The Chase the development of Literacy skills is considered to be one of the key educational foundation stones to success and we therefore commit significant time across the school curriculum (not just in English) in developing the students’ understanding and love of language, both in the written and spoken form. All students in Years 7 & 8 participate in Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) for 15 minutes each day, and students across all year groups further develop their literacy skills through a range of learning activities across all subject areas. With World Book Day scheduled to take place on Thursday 7th March, The Chase has organised for a number of influential published authors to be in school during next week to help promote it. We will be welcoming into school Nicky Singer, Emma Carlisle and Olivia Levez who will all be running student workshops in the library during their visits. Our Year 7 students will also be celebrating World Book Day by bringing into school a potato dressed as their favourite book character! I can’t wait to see the results….. Trying to find books that engage, excite and resonate with children can be a real challenge so I would like to encourage you to use LoveReading which is a new service that the school has recently signed up to. This recommendation tool is designed to help teachers, parents and students find the best books which suit their interests, and books can be searched for by year group, age range and subject area; there will also shortly be a link to LoveReading on the school website. Another website recommended by our school librarian is http://www.booktrust.org.uk which both is parent friendly and offers age related reading recommendations.

 

And finally….the school made a conscious decision not to encourage our students to strike on the final Friday of the last half term in order to raise awareness to Climate Change, as we already have a plan up our sleeves which will show our solidarity towards this most important of global issues. We are planning to have an ‘in school’ strike from normal lessons with an afternoon off normal timetable across KS3 on Friday 22nd March (to coincide with the Keep Britain Tidy Big Clean up campaign) in order to focus on a range of teaching activities to highlight climate change.

 

 

Mr M Fieldhouse

Headteacher