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What’s going on @ CCA? 13th Dec 2013

posted 13 Dec 2013, 05:10 by H Slim   [ updated 20 Dec 2013, 01:03 ]

Sadler’s Wells Mark Morris Dance Company

On Thursday 28th November the dance department took a group of students to see the Mark Morris dance company at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. The show consisted of a number of contemporary dances. The dances were amazing and the dancers were really talented. The costumes were very original and suited the themes of the dances. The costumes were minimal yet affective. The choreography has shown GCSE dance students how to incorporate a theme in a dance. It has allowed dance students to widen their movement vocabulary and watch a fantastic performance. Overall, the show was excellent.

Savannah Knight and Teala Johnson (Year 10, GCSE Dance students)


On Thursday 28th November, year 11 students from last year attended their awards evening. Awards were presented for GCSE and BTEC subjects as well as a few special awards.

Students and their parents were invited to attend and enjoy a sit down meal, prepared and served by our wonderful year 11 hospitality students.

It was also the debut performance of the CCA singers who did a fantastic job singing two numbers for the guests. 

Thank you again to all the students who made the evening such a success and congratulations to our award winners.

Mock Exams

As you know, over the last couple of weeks students have been undertaking mock exams.

Here are some positive comments made by teachers that we wanted to share:

“I just wanted to let you know how well the year 11 Art GCSE group did in their mock exam this week. I am incredibly proud of their behaviour, positive attitudes and patience to sit for 10 HOURS in silence (no music or headphones either), well done!” - Miss Kirkby

“Just thought I would let you know how impressed I have been with 11C4 whilst doing their controlled assessment.

Impeccable! A particular shout-out goes to: Conor Allan, Bethany Howard, May Kennedy, Laura O’Callaghan and Hollie Till.” - Mr Butters

Year 9 Debate

On Monday 2nd December myself and 14 other year 9 students of the University of Essex programme travelled to Wivenhoe to take part in a debate at the University of Essex.

 Two other schools also in the programme joined us at the university. Each school had 2 teams with different topics, ours was “Do footballers get paid too much?” There was fierce argument for and against with CCA winning the great debate. It was a fun and interesting day with everyone with Mr Simpson tagging along.

 The students that went were Kelsey Woor, Chandler D’Ambra, Sophie O’Connor, Holly O’Connor, Micah Green, Luke Wyatt, Jack Wyatt, Peter Ellis, Mitchell Prince, Charlie Vickers, Saffron Stratford, Shannon McCrossan, Charlotte Douglas-Gray, Sky Mayer, and Sonny Stone.

 Written by Kelsey Woor, year 9.     

MFL Trip to


On the morning of 4th December 37 students from Years 8, 9 and 10, who are studying German, and four members of staff set off bright and early for a three day trip to Cologne. We travelled by coach and once on the other side of the Channel soon discovered the high cost of spending a penny in Europe! We stayed in a youth hostel in Cologne. This was more like a hotel with stylish public areas, tastefully decorated for Christmas. Our rooms were clean, warm and comfortable. However, many students found the traditional German food on offer for dinner in the hostel not to their tastes.

Thursday, having had a hearty breakfast, we arrived early for our tour of the LIndt chocolate museum and factory. We spent half an hour wandering along by the river Rhine, watching the barges transporting goods to the heart of Germany. We enjoyed our guided tour of the factory and of course the highlight was tasting the melted chocolate in the giant chocolate fountain.

We then visited two of the traditional Christmas markets and students were able to try out their German to buy themselves lunch. The Bratwurst were simply delicious. In the afternoon after some very competitive bowling we visited a third market where students and teachers alike discovered the delights of fruit dipped in chocolate and served on sticks.

There is a tradition in Germany that on the night of the 5th – 6th December St Nikolaus visits and rewards all children who have been good. They leave a shoe outside their doors in anticipation. Not wishing to break such a tradition, our students were encouraged to leave a shoe outside their room just in case! Lo and behold the next morning they all found some sweets and a small present.

Friday we left the hostel and visited the world famous Cologne Cathedral which was a real experience for our students. They were amazed by the grandeur of the building and the beauty of the stained glass windows. Then we climbed the 533 steps to get to the top of the cathedral tower. The view from the top was incredible although somewhat hampered in the end by a heavy snow shower.

After a spot of last minute shopping at yet another market, this one the biggest of all just at the foot of the cathedral, we had lunch and then had to head back to the coach, ready for the long journey home.

It was a thoroughly memorable trip for all concerned. The students were impeccably behaved and a real pleasure to be with. My thanks must go to Miss Froening, Mr Colaco and Mrs Scoffin, our former school nurse, for all their support.

Mrs I. Barton.  



 This week over 80 parents and family members attended a Christmas Fayre in Inner College to raise money for to help build a stable for 2 rescue donkeys. Over £400 (still counting!) was raised by selling table arrangements and baking goods with help from Vanessa’s Florist and Serendipity. Inner College students will be involved with the design and build of the new stable block. Well done everyone!

Year 11 charity work in the community

As always during the Christmas period, our students have been busy doing their bit for charity. A group of year 11’s (Toby Kitchener, Paige Knibb, Grant Maile, Danielle Marsh, Daniel Smith, Perry Smithers and Ben Worley) raised money through CCA Executive Staff members to buy presents for children in need in our community. The students bought and wrapped the gifts and then handed them over to be delivered to homes through community workers. These workers explained that these would be the only presents that these children will get this year. Well done to everyone involved, we are sure your gifts will be very appreciated!