Twins head for Telford!

A massive congratulations to Lauren and Adam Byrne in Year 9 who been selected to represent Merseyside Schools Athletics Association at the forthcoming North West Region Combined Events Championships. The event takes in 11 counties and will take place at Crewe & Nantwich Athletics Club, Telford  on the weekend of Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th June.  We wish you all the luck in the world Adam and Lauren!

Year 12 International Students Return Home

Friday was the last day our International Students attended the Sixth Form altogether as they each make their preparations to return home.

Since September Asger Aage, Gabriele Banfi, Celine Cosmi, Stella Favaro, Pia Sauff and Fabienne Wolf have been staying locally and studying Level 3 Qualifications at Chesterfield High School’s Sixth Form. Coming from Italy, Germany and The Netherlands all six students wanted to improve their English and  experience education in England. It certainly was not the year they had anticipated and yet no one complained despite the various tiers and National lockdown measures.

It is an incredible achievement to move and live in another country for 9 months especially at such a young age and they should all feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment. I am in no doubt they have learned a lot about their individual characters and are more confident and self-assured individuals. We will miss them terribly and hope that they will all continue to have many more adventures.

Eco club do their bit for World Bee Day

All over the world today, people are celebrating World Bee Day. Bees are increasingly under threat from human activity. To raise awareness of the importance of these pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN designated 20 May as World Bee Day.

Chesterfield’s year 7 Eco Gardeners have done their bit by building bee hotels and placing them around the new vegetable plot at school. They hope they will provide suitable nesting opportunities for solitary bees and other pollinators and help our garden flourish. We will be looking out for Mason bees, Leafcutter bees and Yellow-faced bees which naturally nest in the hollow stems we have prepared for them.

It is fantastic that even in a small way we can contribute to raising awareness about this important key to biodiversity. Bees are under threat. Present species extinction rates are 100 to 1,000 times higher than normal due to human impacts. If this trend continues, nutritious crops, such as fruits, nuts and many vegetable crops will be substituted increasingly by staple crops like rice, corn and potatoes, eventually resulting in an imbalanced diet.

Watch this video to learn more about the unsung heroes in feeding the world. https://youtu.be/jn8H-qelRqU

Danny Lopez Zooms in!

CEO of Glasswall Solutions, former banker and senior diplomat Danny Lopez spoke to Year 13 and the Year 12 Business Studies Class about his successful and diverse career journey.

Danny holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and a Master’s Degree in International Economics and Finance. After graduating from the University of Essex Danny’s career started at Barclays Bank, where he held several senior International positions in corporate and investment banking in London, New York, Miami and Mumbai.

With 10 Years of experience in banking Danny took the plunge and completely changed career becoming the Managing Director at the UK Government’s Department for International Trade before being appointed by the Mayor of London as the inaugural CEO of London & Partners, the UK capital’s official promotional agency.

In 2011 Danny experienced a third career change when he was successful in securing the role of the British Consul General to New York and Director General for Trade and Investment across North America. After a spell as an International Diplomat a fourth career change beckoned and Danny became the Non-Executive Director at Innovate Finance – the UK industry body championing global FinTech – and a special advisor to New York-based venture capital firm, FinTech Collective.

Currently the CEO for Glasswall, Danny spoke to the Sixth Form Students about his non-linear career journey, as not everyone knows what they want to do at 18 or in Danny’s case at 46!

Danny left students with some words of wisdom…

  1. It’s not a problem being unsure. Have an open mind, be hungry for knowledge and reinvent yourself. Remember you are always learning; learning from your experiences.
  2. Be a good communicator as this is the most important skill people can have. Practice getting your point across wherever you can in school, with friends and family. Speak impeccably, be someone who people will listen to and work to get command – an element of respect.
  3. Show humility and recognise everyone’s importance regardless of whether you are a senior leader or now. Everyone out there is valuable so keep your feet on ground and avoid getting carried away with power.
  4. Be decisive when opportunities present themselves, you will always know instinctively whether they are right or wrong by acknowledging whether you will learn anything.
  5. Be authentic and always be yourself. Don’t become someone different.
  6. Be as inspirational as possible.

Wellbeing and Mental Health Award

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Tes Schools awards 2021 for our work on Wellbeing and Mental Health.

***** Press release *****

Chesterfield High School

SHORTLISTED FOR THE TES SCHOOLS AWARDS 2021

Friday 14 May 2021

The most outstanding individuals and institutions that the education sector has to offer have been recognised in the shortlist for the Tes Schools Awards  2021.

It’s been revealed that Chesterfield High School has been shortlisted for the Wellbeing and Mental Health award.

Tes editor Jon Severs said: “It is more important this year than ever before to celebrate the fantastic work schools do, because in the past 12 months they have gone above and beyond to ensure pupils were able to be educated and be kept safe in extraordinary circumstances. We were inundated with entries that demonstrated just how hard the pandemic made the work of schools, and just how amazing the response from staff has been. We are looking forward to showcasing, as we do every year, just how vital our education professionals are to every facet of this country. “

After a very successful online awards ceremony last year, we are once again holding this year’s awards ceremony virtually. Winners will be announced on Friday 25 June 2021

To see the full list of who’s in the running, pick up a copy of this week’s Tes, or visit tesawards.co.uk