April 2019 Chaucer Chat

Newsletter 18 February 2020

Chaucer Chat April Edition

Dates for your diary
Monday 15 April – First day back for students
Friday 19 April – Bank holiday (students not in school)
Monday 22 April – Bank holiday (students not in school)
Monday 6 May – Bank holiday (students not in school)
Monday 27 May – Half term holiday
Monday 3 June – First day back for students
Examination dates
Monday 29 April to Monday 7 May – Year 10 examinations
Monday 13 May to Tuesday 18 June – Year 11 GCSE examinations
Wednesday 26 June – Year 11 GCSE examinations contingency date (in case of any national cancellations)

Sports fixtures 
Please keep an eye on the school website and Facebook for all future sports fixtures

Celebration Assemblies

Year 7
Massive well done and thank you to all students and parents for helping us to improve attendance and attitude to learning across Y7. Your continued support is greatly appreciated and is making a huge difference! I have witnessed some incredible work this term and I expect that there are greater things to come in our final term.
Special well done to Evie who, out of 1,700 entries, was named runner up in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid writing competition. What a fantastic achievement!
My challenge for term 3: 1 day of 100% as a whole year group!
Have a Happy Easter all,  
Miss Penney

Year 9
A huge well done to all students and parents for your continued efforts in driving forward Year 9 attendance. We are committed to giving your child the very best opportunity to be successful and achieve their goals in future learning or in the work place, and your child’s attendance to school is the single most important factor in making this happen.
Also a huge well done to 101 students in Year 9 who still have an attendance record of over 96%. We are extremely proud of all their efforts in maintaining this high standard, especially with Option choices in full swing and Year 10 / Year 11 GCSEs just around the corner.
‘The harder we work, the luckier we get’
Keep it up!
Mr Edge

Year 10
The year 10s were handsomely rewarded for their hard work this term with an outstanding musical display from Naadia and Rosie who sang flawlessly.
Many students were also rewarded for their eggcellent work with themed treats for their consistent displays of hard work.
Well done all!
Mr Ayres

Celebration evening

 Congratulations to all those students who received awards at this terms celebration evening. 

Speak Out Event

We took 4 students from 3 different year groups to a city wide event at The Edge Sheffield University. There were 5 schools in total each giving a presentation on how they would tackle loneliness.
Chaucer created a website that all ages could use if they were feeling lonely. The presentation lasted for 8 minutes then questions from a panel of 5 judges which included the radio presenter Paulette Edwards from Radio Sheffield and the CEO of Age UK.
All students did really well, standing up and speaking out about what they had created. Unfortunately, they did not win but did get very positive feedback from the panel of judges.
They represented the school impeccably.
Carol Wrigglesworth (LRC Assistant).

Children's University

We had the privilege of attending the Children’s University Gold Award ceremony on Thursday 14 March where children from across the city were recognised for undertaking out of school activities and achieving over 100 hours of extra-curricular activity. The ceremony was held in a very large lecture theatre at Sheffield Hallam University and was full of very proud parents, students and school staff. Chaucer was the only secondary school at the ceremony with 14 Chaucer students being recognised for their achievements.

The ceremony was introduced by the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Andrew Coombe who recently visited Chaucer. This time however he was resplendent in full ceremonial uniform including a sword made from Sheffield Steel! The awards were presented by Councillor Jayne Dunn who is the Cabinet Member for Education & Skills and who has also visited Chaucer on a number of occasions. It was good to see and hear them both talk so warmly about the commitment and hard work of the individual students, their families and the school staff who support them.

Well done to all Chaucer students taking part in extra-curricular activities – keep up the good work!

Apprenticeship Event

 16 Year 11 students attended the Apprenticeship Fair at Cutlers Hall. The students had the opportunity to network with a great range of Employers and handed their CV’s over to various companies giving themselves a great range of Apprenticeship providers to choose from!

National Power Grid Event

The National Power Grid event took place on a Wednesday 13 March where 50 Y9 students took part in a problem solving task, students formed groups and competed against each other to pitch their ideas, the winning team were:
Sienna, Amy, Alex, Shane and Emma

They will now go forward to represent Chaucer at Parson Cross Forum as they plan and deliver a community event to support the elderly.

Brightline, The Higher Tour

 Students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 were joined in school on Friday 8 March by ‘BrightLine’, a band who alongside "The Higher Tour" are visiting schools across the country to talk to students about identity and the importance of believing in themselves. The students spent an hour in the hall where the band performed some of their aspirational music and shared stories from their own lives about the difficulties they have overcome.  The event was very well received by students with several attending the band’s performance at the O2 Academy last week.

Year 11 Prom - Friday 21 June at Kenwood Hotel, 7pm 'til midnight

Gateway to the Chaucer Prom 2019 is in your hands…
You will be eligible to attend if from Monday 25 February 2019 until June 2019…

✔ Your attendance is 97% or more
✔ You are wearing full correct uniform at all times
✔ You attend all lessons and interventions
✔ Students with bespoke projects complete them
✔ You attend intervention / revision sessions and work hard. You must also prove you are revising at home.

Don’t miss out!

Student Achievements 

Children's University
Fantastic achievement for Braxton (despite him not looking happy!) who has earned his Children's University awards. Well done Braxton – be very proud of yourself.

Community Star Awards 
Many congratulations to Libbi-Mae (Y9) and Elise (Y8) who have been recognised for their “outstanding volunteering work at Pitsmoor Adventure Playground” and issued with Sheffield City Council Community Star awards.
Libbi-Mae and Elise were invited to the Community Star Awards ceremony at the Town Hall on Monday 25 March where they were presented with their certificates.
The certificates state that the councillors of Burngreave wish to place on record “their thanks and appreciation for their outstanding contribution to the community and for their hard work and commitment to improving the lives of young people in their area”.
It is really heartening to read about the young people in our area who have the dedication and commitment to give up their own time to help others.
We, and their families, are very proud of them both.

Beyond Chaucer
Thank you to ex-Chaucer student Nathaniel Crofts’ mother, for sending us an update on how he is doing with his team in America – she and the school are really proud of him and what he is achieving.
[Picture: Nathaniel with his sports team - front row, two from No.11 on the left]

Sporting Achievements
These 8 girls proudly represented Chaucer at the SFSS trampoline championships. They competed as individuals, and in small teams. Each and every one of them worked so hard and pushed themselves when training. Well done girls!

Works of Art

Molly, Kian and Jorja have all shown massive progression and produced a fantastic mood-board on Ernst Haeckel at level 7/8 annotation - well done!

Trust Development

 We recently had the opportunity to work with the Teacher Development Trust around professional development opportunities for staff.  We are pleased to announce that Chaucer School has been awarded the Silver Award for the quality and culture of its professional development.


As you know we have many external visitors into school and one thing that they all comment on is how smart the students look in their school uniform. We want to maintain the high standards that have been set, so over the last 2 weeks before the Easter break we have been picking up on those students whose uniform is not quite where it needs to be. Students have received comments in their planner and been given time to rectify any issues.
Please do check your child’s planner to see if they have been advised that their uniform is incorrect. Pages 6 & 7 of the school planner give you a very clear overview of what the school uniform expectations are for shoes, trousers and skirts.
Overall the uniform checks have shown us that the vast majority of students are in full correct uniform but there are particular issues with some of the skirts that the girls are wearing. Skirts that are too short, too tight and made of clingy, stretchy fabric are not suitable for school as they ride up as the girls move around.
Please do take the time over this Easter break to check the planner and ensure that your child is in full correct uniform for the summer term.

Many thanks for your ongoing support.

Fitness Suite

We have a state of the art gym suite complete with a range of pulse weights and CV machines. With a fitness instructor on hand to provide expert advice and provide a routine designed to help you.
To register your interest please contact either D Bower or F Rayworth call 0114 2322338 or email lettings@chaucer.sheffield.sch.uk
Opening Times: Monday - Thursday 6pm-9pm

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