The Arts

Art

Lunchtime Art Clubs

Students in all years are encouraged to attend lunch time workshops from 1.00 to 1.30pm Mondays to Fridays in the Art rooms.

Exhibitions

  • Students’ work is displayed throughout the school during the year. A new display is put up each term.
  • Framed pictures are on display in the administration area and the sixth form block.
  • A Level work is exhibited in the Drama Studio for examination moderation during July of each year and the GCSE work is exhibited throughout the school during May and June.
  • Parents are invited to attend a private view of GCSE and Sixth Form A Level examination work towards the end of the summer term.
  • An exhibition of GCSE and other coursework is on display throughout the year.

Competitions

Local and National Competitions are held throughout the sessions from BMW Art Car, School Christmas Card Competition, Saatchi Art Competition and Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ annual competition.

Drama

A weekly lunchtime Drama Club is offered to Year 7. The girls have the opportunity to take part in Drama games, improvisation and script work with Drama staff and prefects.

Students are regularly taken on theatre visits to a wide range of theatre during their time at CCHS and we encourage girls to get out and see as much live theatre as they can.

We continue to work with external theatre companies to provide whole day workshops and performances in school for GCSE and Sixth Form Students.   Recent workshops have included  ‘Paperbirds’ and ‘SceneProductions’ to inspire the girls and support them further in trying out different styles of theatre for their practical work.

There is always great excitement around the school production open to various year groups each year. Some of our past successes have included ‘Hood the Musical’, ‘Hairspray’, ‘Annie’, ‘Wizard of Oz’ and ‘Dreamfest’.

Students’ examination work is shown to an invited audience on various evenings across the year group so that we can share the outstanding work the girls produce with their family and friends.

Music

At CCHS we have numerous extra-curricular activities in Music available to all our students and staff. From the Symphony Orchestra to the Samba Band we have opportunities for everyone to enjoy collective music making at a high level. In the past few years students have performed at local, regional and national festivals and are looking forward to further performances in the wider community. Past highlights include performing for her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex in Braintree and the highly successful annual Christmas Concerts featuring music as diverse as Harry Potter and the 1812 Overture. There truly is something for everyone at CCHS and suggestions from students and staff regarding ensembles and repertoire are always welcome.

Learning a musical instrument at Chelmsford County High School is a highly rewarding activity which is central to the musical life of the school.

The school offers high quality individual tuition in the following instruments:

CelloPiano
ClarinetSaxophone
Double BassTrumpet
Drums and Orchestral PercussionTrombone
FluteTuba
French HornViolin
KeyboardViola
OboeVoice

 

Learning a musical instrument has been demonstrated to develop thinking skills, organisation and self-directed learning, concentration, coordination and, through lessons and ensemble work, communication skills. These attributes will be advantageous in many other, non-musical fields of endeavour. Instrumental students can develop a strong sense of achievement and self-esteem as they acquire a skill that can provide lifelong pleasure. Additionally, the opportunity to participate in showcase activities for the school looks impressive on UCAS and even future job applications.

All students in the school are encouraged to become part of this lively and happy community.