Following the AGM on 1st March here are some Friends of Chetwynde events scheduled for the coming term
I hope everyone – parents, pupils, friends, staff – all had a restful half-term and are looking forward to the advent of yet another beautiful South Lakes springtime. The grounds are already starting to look a little more green and our many rare and precious Himalayan rhododendrons and azaleas are beginning to bud. Many thanks to Frau Mackey and her industrious group of pupil-gardeners who have worked hard to keep the front gardens looking good over the winter and thanks to Alan Carr and Carl Barclay who have dealt with the curse of the never-ending piles of leaves with a never-ending patience. Frau Mackey has also supervised the creation of raised beds by the adventure playground which will be used by the Primary school to grow their own vegetables.
As I write, the contractors are arriving with the new fencing which we applied for last year. It may not be the most aesthetic thing in the world, to have our listed site ringed in as if we were prisoners, but I am sure you all appreciate that an open-site with two main roads just yards from play areas was not the safest environment for our children. The fencing is green and a large proportion of its length will be hidden amongst the trees; I sincerely hope that its impact will be as minimal as possible. Can I also plead for patience as we adjust to new measures for entry and exit to and from the site during the school day? There will undoubtedly be some teething problems for pupils and parents accessing the site outside of the usual 8am to 8.45am and 3.15pm to 4pm times; your comments and ideas as to how to improve the new procedures will be gratefully received.
As part of improving safety around the site, many thanks to you all for being so understanding about walking around the gravel path to the Primary playground rather than walking in front of Chetwynde House. This is a very pleasant part of the school with our magnificent Technology Block – The Cath Rigg Centre – on show and I hope that those of you who might not have walked around this area before are impressed. We must never forget that these facilities are used by all pupils from Reception through to Sixth Form. Having access to senior-quality DT and IT suites is one of the many reasons we have such a flourishing and competitive Primary department here at Chetwynde.
Can I draw your attention to an appeal I have made by Home Contact? We have two patios along the gravel path walk and it would be lovely to make these areas as colourful and welcoming as possible. If you have any decorative planters or large tubs that you do not need in your own gardens, we would love to have them here so that we can fill them with flowers, shrubs and small trees.
The library – new to school this September – is proving even more of a success than we had hoped. Every break and lunchtime it is filled with pupils playing chess, reading, drawing, helping the staff with the books. Sometimes, I walk in and there is a group of Reception children all sitting silent on the beanbags as they listen to a story, sometimes it’s Year 10s with their heads bent over the chessboard, sometimes a small group of A level History students hotly (yet quietly) debating some weighty topic. It’s a beautiful environment and everything we could have hoped for. Many thanks to the English staff in particular who give up their breaks and lunchtimes to man the desk (is ‘to lady the desk’ grammatical??) for no other reward than the pleasure of being in there.
Our Rewards scheme in the seniors is as popular as ever with this term seeing an afternoon off timetable watching a film and Fun Fridays and Cakey Breakey in the library with staff as the rewards on offer for the high achievers in good behaviour and participation. Years 7 to 10 can now work towards winning a place on the Brockhole trip at Easter. The Year 11s are working towards their Prom Points and are already excited about gowns, tuxedos and glamorous cars. A small matter of GCSEs to prepare for first of course.
This is a longer term than usual as Easter is late this year and there is a great deal going on. First and foremost, please remember World Book Day which we are celebrating on Friday 3rd March with a non-uniform day. We ask for £1 contribution which will go to a local charity. We are also asking for pupils – if they wish – to come dressed as their favourite literary character! The staff volunteered to do this last year and many of the pupils clamoured to be allowed to do the same, so here goes…. There will be prizes for the best costumes and a whole-school assembly celebrating the endless pleasures to be had from reading a good book.
Year 5 have their residential trip to Ambleside to look forward to before Easter – Mrs Foxen will, I know, give us a full report in her Head of Primary blog – and I am sure they are very excited as it may well be the first time away without parents for many of them. Just as excited will be the Year 9s on their way to play football in Valencia and the thirty or so senior pupils heading for Rome and Pompeii. Safe journey, buen viaje and buon viaggio to you all!
Ms S. Jeffreys, Head of School, February 2017
The sharing of the area in front of Chetwynde House between cars and pedestrians has been a concern for us all.
From tomorrow therefore, the only access from the Rating Lane entrance will be around the gravel path and not through the blue double gates. This is for all times of the day, Monday to Friday, and for both primary and senior pupils and parents.
I appreciate that this is a slightly longer journey and harder for those pushing buggies but as we often have visitors to the school between 8am and 9am and between 3pm and 4pm, we cannot guarantee that the car park area will remain 100% car-free at either time.
To make the new system a little easier, Year 4 pupils will be dismissed from the door at the back of the Primary block from now on.
Many thanks for your understanding and cooperation in this.
Head of School
We have recently made draws with Primary parents winning £265.50, £234.00 and a friend of the school winning £258.00.
The Lottery draw takes place every three months, the next one will take place in December with the jackpot estimated to be around £215.00
Parents, family and friends can join the Lottery by setting up a standing order for £5.00 per month per number.
Please contact the school for more information
Mrs. Cindy Kendall
School business Manager
Ryan Clyde attended Chetwynde School from 1999 to 2014; after being awarded the position of Head Boy for the academic year 2013-14, he went on to pursue a career as an airline pilot…
My flight training journey has been a real adventure. For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to become a pilot and after completing my A Levels at Chetwynde in summer 2014, I applied and was soon offered a place on the Integrated ATPL course at CTC Aviation, a global pilot training and resourcing company with excellent airline partnerships. My training started with six months of theoretical knowledge in Southampton where I sat fourteen Civil Aviation Authority exams covering subject areas such as principles of flight, aircraft performance and meteorology. This was incredibly intense and certainly one of the biggest challenges of the course but certainly laid the foundations for the rest of training.
After passing those exams, I then spent eight months at CTC Aviation’s training location in Phoenix, Arizona. Here I completed my basic flight training, gained experience and obtained my Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL). Living in Phoenix was an incredible experience with beautiful weather, fantastic road trips and great flying…undoubtedly the most enjoyable part of my career so far! Upon returning to the UK, I completed my advanced training at CTC Aviation’s Bournemouth and Southampton Centres and passed my Instrument Rating (IR), Multi-Crew Cooperation Certificate (MCC) and Jet Orientation Course (JOC).
Having successfully completed the Integrated ATPL course, I have now been placed with CTC Aviation’s partner airline easyJet and will begin flying operationally in January. I’m hugely excited to have realised my dream and have thoroughly enjoyed the journey of getting here. It’s an honour to be kick-starting my career at such a fast paced, dynamic and growing airline with an excellent reputation for safety, customer service and on-time performance.
I am very grateful for all the support I have received from Chetwynde and realise that many of the values I learnt from the ethos of the school have been vital in getting me where I am now. Having attended the school from age 3, it’s clear that as well as helping me obtain fantastic academic results, Chetwynde’s culture of encouraging confidence, respect, reliability and creativity have been fundamental to the pursuit of my dream.
To keep up to date with Ryan’s latest news check out his blog ryanclyde.com or follow him on Twitter @rycly and Instagram @instarycly.
lands flying job at easyJet. Check out his blog ryanclyde.com or follow him on Twitter @rycly and Instagram @instarycly.