To celebrate World Book Day, students at Charters School in Sunningdale were treated to a week of book related events.

On Tuesday 5th March the girls in Year 9 welcomed Holly Bourne, whose latest book, ‘Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?’ was published last summer. Her books for young adults touch on the frailties of mental health and the pressures often experienced by females in the modern world.

Holly opened her talk by telling the girls that it is usually around Year 9 that people stop reading for pleasure, but that she was visiting to remind everyone about the time when reading was fun! She spoke of her desire to write books which she hoped would make people feel less alone and pondered if mental health could be preventable if we lived in a kinder world.

On Thursday 7th March the school’s Year 7 students met the author and screenwriter Andy Briggs who writes the and novels. Andy spoke to the students for an hour about his love of writing and how he believes he has ‘the coolest job in the world’.

Read more: Authors Holly Bourne and Andy Briggs Visit Charters School


Pictured Above: Papplewick Year 5 boys with Rob Henderson, back row, far right.

Year 5 Papplewick boys were delighted when Rob Henderson came to the school in Ascot to do a coaching session with them on Monday, 25th February.

In the session the boys looked at the tackle, the ruck and some attacking lines before coming together to play a fiercely fought match against each other. They boys then got an opportunity to ask Rob about his playing days.

Rob is a retired Irish rugby union footballer who played for a number of clubs, including Toulon and Munster. He represented Ireland internationally, winning 29 caps, and toured with the 2001 British and Irish Lions, winning three caps.  

“All the coaching was gratefully received by the boys and we’ve certainly never seen them play with such intensity!” Headmaster Tom Bunbury said. “It was a great afternoon for the boys and one they will be looking to take with them into their remaining matches of the season.”

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Friday 22nd February 2019 marked an extraordinary day in Thames Hospice’s 30-year history as we welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May to our new hospice Ground Breaking Ceremony.

The Prime Minister gave an impassioned speech at the Oakley Court Hotel in front of more than 80 supporters of the Hospice, including local dignitaries. Many attendees have already donated or pledged their support towards the new hospice’s £6 million capital appeal.

Following the presentations, everyone gathered at the new hospice site by Bray Lake to witness the official Ground Breaking Ceremony.  As Thames Hospice prepares to relocate from Windsor to Maidenhead, it was an honour for Windsor MP Adam Afriyie and the Prime Minister to mark the occasion together.

We were also delighted to welcome international Welsh rugby star, Jonathan Davies OBE, who is Director of Stadia at our construction company, Andrew Scott.

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Sunninghill and Ascot Parish Council (SAPC) has a busy year in prospect, starting with the Annual Parish Assembly in March, a significant programme of improvements to local parks, as well as the 2019 Parish Party in July.

The Annual Parish Annual Assembly will be on Wednesday 20th March. It’s a good opportunity for Parish residents, other interested parties and community representatives, to get up to speed with Parish affairs and to give feedback.  The Parish Council has a significant budget to spend – thanks the Parish Precept and developer contributions, so it wants your views on where this money is needed!...

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On Tuesday 26th February, Professor Lord Robert Winston returned to Charters School in Sunningdale  to deliver our inaugural lecture in the newly refurbished Lecture Theatre, courtesy of a grant from the Wolfson Foundation.

Lord Winston’s lecture was entitled ‘Can Science Make You Happy?’ and was attended by 55 of the school’s Year 10 students.

He began by showing MRI images of the brain after patients had been told jokes or eaten chocolate, explaining that these activities register in the reward centre in the brain and showed how research suggested happiness drops around the age of 30 but gradually increases from 50 onwards.

Read more: Professor Lord Robert Winston Delivers Inaugural Lecture at Charters School

The Lexicon and Bracknell Forest Council, in partnership with the national charity, the Community Heartbeat Trust (CHT) are delighted to announce that they have  installed a defibrillator on March 5th, in the High Street, on the wall next to Game.

Defibrillator machines deliver an electric shock in Cardiac Arrest to stop fibrillation (vibrating) in the heart, and allow the heart to resume working normally.  The quick use of Chest Compressions (CPR) followed by a defibrillator can give an unresponsive person the best chance of survival before an ambulance arrives.

The machine analyses the patient's heart rhythm and uses visual or voice prompts to guide people through each step.

To access, call 999. The cabinet at the Lexicon is not locked, but many are. If a locked cabinet is nearby, the ambulance service will tell you the access code. Take the defibrillator to the patient and switch it on. The defibrillator will give easy to follow instructions via audio and text display.

Read more: The Lexicon Unveils Community Defibrillator

 On Tuesday 12th March, Charters School in Sunningdale  Charters School in Sunningdale hosted their annual Careers Fair; held in the Main Hall, the event which was open to Sixth Form students and those in years 9 and 11 was implemented to help students discover the range of opportunities available to them when their time at Charters comes to an end. Over 30 organisations that included a wide range of employers, colleges, universities and training providers were there to advise our students about the different options open to them and explained to students what grade or subject requirements were needed to pursue their chosen career paths.

Read more: Charters School Annual Careers Fair