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25th July 2017

CHEXS Family Fun Day

CHEXS celebrated their annual 'Family Fun Day' in the beautiful sunshine at Cedar's Park on Sunday 9th July. The day began with the presentation of awards for CHEXS Grow Club competition, where St Josephs Catholic Primary School, Churchfield & Downfield and Haileybury Turnford all participated. We were also treated to brilliant performances from the Valle Academy and Steel in Motion Band, before students who have participated in CHEXS schemes throughout the year were presented with certificates to recognise their achievements.

In the Grow Club competition, all four schools did a terrific job and St Josephs were crowned winners of the competition for the second straight year.
St Joseph ‘best in show’ awards were in the following categories; Potatoes, Carrots, Beetroots, Broad Beans, Spring Onions, Lettuce & Limnanthes.
Downfield Primary School ‘Best in Show’ awards were in in; Onions, Sugar Snap Peas, Radishes, Courgette, Coriander and Basil
Churchfield Academy ‘Best in Show’ awards were in Pak-Choi, Strawberries, Rocket and Sweet Peas
Hailey Turnford ‘Best in Show’ awards were in Broad Beans, Courgette, Spring Onions, and Strawberries.
And well done to Rainbows for their fantastic display and were awarded Best Newcomer.

St Joseph’s Head Teacher Tony Gorton said: "What a wonderful day we have enjoyed at Cedar’s Park as our Year 5 gardeners won the CHEXS Grow Club competition; making us the first school ever to retain the trophy in its nine year history. Today was the culmination of several months hard-work from the boys and girls in Year 5 as they planted and nurtured the various crops that were displayed today. This is a truly marvellous achievement and all concerned should be very proud. We'd also like to thank CHEXS for all their hard-work in organising the event and making it such a success."

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We at CHEXS would like to thank everyone who attended our 'Family Fun Day' and helped make it our best year yet. Thanks to Valle Academy and Steel in Motion for their performances, and to all our stall holders; 

Sainsburys for providing the tea and coffee
Friends of Cedar's Park,
Four Swans Vision, 
Rainbows,
SPocan,
Cheshunt Sea Cadets,
Army Cadets, 
Emma Mays Bowtique,
Mind,
SOCA,
Toni’s Tarrot,

We'd also like to thank the following organisations for their generously donated raffle prizes!

Arsenal FC
Tottenham Hotspur FC
Laura Trott and John Warner Leisure Centre
Van Hage Garden Centre, Ware
Paradise Wildlife Park
JumpCityUK in Cheshunt
Fonehouse in Waltham Cross
Drummond Park Games
Moondance Music & Video Shop, Waltham Cross
Army Cadets

We hope you will all be able to join us again next year to help us celebrate our 10th year on Sunday 8th July 2018

24th May 2017

Team Building Residential Week 1 8th May - 12th May 2017

  • Day One

    Year 9 and 10 students from Goffs, Cheshunt and Haileybury-Turnford set off for their weeks residential at Bentley Copse Activity Centre on Monday 8th May, the students enjoyed an action-packed opening day. Upon their arrival, the pupils erected their tents, before being split into separate Red and Blue teams which they will remain in for the duration of the week. The teams will be assessed on several different factors, including: attitude, teamwork, communication, maturity, navigation skills on their walks and performances in their various recreational activities.

    Having been assigned their respective teams, the ten students were given an introductory lesson on the subject of navigation in preparation for their training walk on Tuesday. Throughout the week, the students are being accompanied by Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander Dave Collins, who will pass on his expertise and provide valuable insight, whilst encouraging the young people to develop their team-work and communication skills.

    The two teams then set out on a two-mile walk through the Bentley Copse forest. They were accompanied by their team-leaders for a short period, but were then solely responsible for navigating their own way back to camp. Both teams returned in remarkably quick time and displayed real maturity and leadership to function so effectively. After their evening meal, the pupils then enjoyed a session of go-karting, which encompassed both team and individual challenges. Both teams performed brilliantly in all facets of the opening day and were subsequently awarded a maximum of four points, as they set to battle it out to see who will be crowned as best team at Friday's awards.

  • Day Two

    After an action-packed opening day, the students were up early on Tuesday morning ahead of their training navigation walk on the South Downs. After some last-minute navigation tuition, the two teams embarked on their respective routes alongside their team leaders. However, they were then left responsible for navigating their own way back to camp. They showed impressive team-work, communication, determination and perseverance to complete the walk in testing conditions.

    After completing the walk, the students travelled to Bognor Regis for a well-earned fish and chip supper by the seaside, before returning to camp to participate in an assault course. Initially the two teams competed against each-other, with the Blue Team coming out on top. However, the students then took on the assault course individually and there were some magnificent times set - with the top three students being separated by a mere 0.66 seconds. There was terrific team-work and encouragement on show by both sides, but the Blue Team were awarded four points compared to the Red Team's two, as the Blue Team functioned more effectively as a team and displayed greater leadership skills in the navigation task.

  • Day Three

    On Wednesday morning, the students began to plan their route for their 10-mile hike on the North Downs on Thursday, where they will have to demonstrate the skills of navigation, teamwork and communication that they have developed throughout the week. Following this, they then travelled to JB Water Ski Centre adjacent to Thorpe Park to take part in an afternoon of knee-boarding and waterboarding activities in the glorious sunshine. The young people were given detailed tuition by a qualified instructor.

    All ten students took part in the knee-boarding and all encouraged each other brilliantly, whilst others showed great determination and perseverance to complete the course after struggling initially. After their knee-boarding session at the JB Water Ski Centre, the students enjoyed some free-time in Woking before returning to camp, where Pete demonstrated how to pack a rucksack to include everything necessary to remain self-sufficient for 24 hours. The students were then shown how to cook on a camp stove to prepare them for Thursday's activities, before they enjoyed a BBQ around the campfire.

  • Day Four

    On Thursday morning, the students were up early in preparation for their walk across the North Downs; de-rigging their tents and packing their rucksacks. Both teams were equipped with maps, compasses, rucksacks and walkie-talkies, but the Blue Team were first to set off. Both teams worked extremely well as a collective unit; demonstrating great determination, communication and teamwork to complete the 8.8 kilometre walk.

    The Red Team finished 30 minutes ahead of the Blue Team after the Blue Team temporarily got lost. Nevertheless, they utilised their problem-solving skills effectively to navigate their way back to route. The students then travelled back to camp, re-erected their tents and cooked their evening meal on the stoves, before heading to bed in good spirits.

  • Day Five

    On Friday morning, the students de-rigged their tents for the final time; returning all their issued equipment and clearing the campsite. Before returning home, the students were then presented with a variety of awards. Joe Matthews was awarded the title of top student, for his enthusiasm and perseverance. Joe constantly demonstrated his leadership ability throughout the week, whilst still taking suggestions and instructions from his peers. He supported all members of both teams and his ability to motivate and encourage others was commendable.

16th May 2017

Haileybury-Turnford and Burleigh Primary School - Raised Beds

Students from Haileybury-Turnford and Burleigh Primary School spent a day at Haileybury-Turnford building raised beds in preparation for the annual CHEXS crop-growing event which will take place later this Summer. The Haileybury-Turnford students showed real maturity and leadership to mentor the younger Burleigh pupils and the students collectively thrived through team-work and communication, to complete the work to a high-quality standard.

The Haileybury-Turnford students took their mentoring role very seriously and embraced the responsibility of guiding their younger pupils, with one student finding the experience extremely rewarding: "We mentored the younger children to help them get the work done. It felt like everyone was motivated to get involved more."

However, the pupils at Burleigh also found the experience very positive and enjoyed interacting with their older role-models, with one Year Six pupil stating: "I enjoyed just taking part, cutting the wood and communicating with the others."

10th May 2017

Goffs & Holdbrook Primary Schools at Lee Valley Park

Students from Goffs School and Holdbrook Primary School were hard at work at Lee Valley Park on Thursday, removing fencing to improve the appeal of the local area. The students were visited by Iain MacBeath, Director of Health and Community Services for Hertfordshire County Council, and he was extremely impressed with the students' teamwork and diligence. The Goffs pupils acted as very positive role-models for their younger peers and the two Holdbrook students responded well to their mentoring.

The young people worked effectively within a collective unit, but each displayed impressive individual attributes throughout the day. Goffs student Ben acted as a very positive role model to the Holdbrook pupils; displaying great teamwork and leadership skills to mentor the youngsters. Kian also interacted well with the Holdbrook students and worked diligently and selflessly in a number of teams to complete the requisite tasks.

Reece demonstrated great initiative and problem-solving skills, whilst also displaying real maturity and excellent communication skills whilst discussing the impact of CHEXS' work with Iain MacBeath. Jack and Ronnie also formed part of an effective team with Reece; showcasing skills of perseverance, team-work and communication.

In addition to this, Ben and Joe also worked productively within a team, leading by example in terms of their focused manner and determination.
Meanwhile, the two Holdbrook pupils Francesca and Kynello both grew in confidence significantly as the day progressed. They became heavily involved in all of the tasks and communicated confidently with the older Goffs students.

The students collectively identified team-work, communication and perseverance as the key skills gained from the session at Lee Valley. One pupil claimed: "We had to show determination and perseverance to keep going and finish off the task." Elsewhere, another student observed: "We worked well together as a team and all worked hard to get the job done."

24th April 2017

CHEXS Team Building Weekend Induction Day week 1

Students from Haileybury-Turnford, Cheshunt and Goffs School all enjoyed a day at Stubbers Activity and Adventure Centure on Thursday (20th April), as they participated in a range of physical and mental challenges in preparation for their residential trips next month.

The students from all three schools integrated effectively to form a collective and cohesive unit, whilst developing a number of invaluable skills, such as team-building, leadership and problem-solving. However, the students identified team-work, communication and self-confidence as the three major skills developed throughout the activities.

One of the Haileybury-Turnford students identified team-work and trust as the key skills developed throughout the day, commenting: "I enjoyed what we were doing and I also enjoyed working together with people I’d never worked with before."

The students showed real maturity to unite and complete the challenges collaboratively, but whilst the collective aspect of the tasks are extremely important, they can also have a significant impact on the individual, with one Cheshunt student claiming: "Today has given me a lot more confidence in myself and confidence in what I’m doing."


CHEXS Team Building Weekend Induction Day week 2

Twelve students from Haileybury Turnford and Goffs School all enjoyed a day at Stubbers Activity and Adventure Centre on Wednesday (26thApril), as they participated in a range of physical and mental challenges in preparation for their residential trip next month.

The students from both schools integrated with ease to function effectively in a team, whilst developing a number of key skills throughout the series of challenges; including practical skills such as coordination and balance. Furthermore, they also demonstrated maturity, responsibility and leadership to complete more rigourous problem-solving tasks. Nevertheless, the students identified communication and collaboration as the major skills developed throughout the day.

One of the students from Goffs highlighted team-work as one of the most pleasing aspects of the session, commenting: "I watched two different friendship groups come together and help each other when it was needed and I liked that."

However, communication was another key attribute displayed by many of the students throughout the activities, particularly in the problem-solving exercises; as one Haileybury-Turnford student illustrated: "We all worked together and communicated, especially for the team-challenge. It's good to see everyone collaborating. "

24th March 2017

CHEXS wins another award!

It gives us great pleasure to inform you that CHEXS was the

Winner of Hertfordshire County Council Children’s Services Awards 2017 Services to Young People Team of the Year.

It was also a great achievement for CHEXS to be a finalist for Early Intervention Team of the Year.

We would like to thank our trustees, schools, partner organisations, dedicated volunteers & staff for their vision, enthusiasm, time and financial support. We are continually grateful as without this support, advice and guidance we would not be able to provide such a fantastic range of projects & meaningful experiences which have helped the children, young people, families and local communities we serve.

6th December 2016

CHEXS Impact Report

and accounts 2015 - 2016

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6th December 2016

CHEXS is a Finalist

National Youth Agency of this year’s Children & Young People Now Awards

28th July 2016

CHEXS 2016 Summer Reflective Newsletter

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13th July 2016

CHEXS annual Family & Grand Finale Growing Competition took place at Cedars Park on Sunday 10th July 2016.

The Grand Finale day was about bringing families and the local community together and celebrating all the effort and dedication school staff, local volunteers and most importantly children and young people had shown throughout the competition. The finale gave them all the opportunity to showcase the hard work and effort that goes into growing the crops and creating and designing the stalls. In partnership with Broxbourne Council, CHEXS provided exciting activities for the children/young people to enjoy during the day including a Climbing Wall, Palm Tree climb, a Giant Slide and a puppet show. Various clubs and groups CHEXS supports also enjoyed the day, these included SPOCAN, BOB & EMA. The day also had many other exciting activities provided by Broxbourne Councils “Let’s Go & Play” rangers which ensured, safe and enjoyable fun for all: face painting, bouncy castle, and puppet shows to name a few.

However, the main event was the growing competition with each school displaying their crops and objects/articles (Scarecrows, posters) which had been made from March 2016. The clubs were run in school either as a breakfast, lunch or after school club.

The schools that displayed their produce on the day in this year’s event were:

Overall Winner Primary School
1st – St Joseph’s Primary
2nd – Dewhurst St Mary Primary
3rd - Churchfields Primary
Overall Winner Secondary School
1st - Haileybury Turnford

Winner of Best Display Primary & Secondary
Churchfield Primary

Most Impressive Vegetable
Downfield Primary, Radish

The growing clubs support children and young peoples’ learning and create a fun way to educate the children on healthy eating and different approaches to exercise and economic well-being. The children also learn how to work together in a team and are helped by local community volunteers who give their time and expertise to local schools.

We would like to say a big thank you to the judges, Chris & Roger – Aylett Nurseries for having the difficult responsibility of judging the crops grown, Patsy Spears from the Ethnic Minority Association (EMA) and Cllr Paul Seeby for judging the overall school displays. All judges showed dedication and consistency to each display which made the competition so much more meaningful.

We would also like to say a big thank you to Charles Walker, local MP, and Dave Hewitt County Councillor for Cheshunt Central and Cheshunt North for supporting the day and for Andrew from J Sainsbury’s Waltham Point Depot for providing free refreshments to the public.

17th March 2016

Broxbourne Youth Charity of the Year 2016

CHEXS was awarded Broxbourne Youth Charity of the Year 2016 on Friday evening. It was an amazing shock to win especially with the other charities that were shortlisted.

The award is in recognition on how CHEXS engages and supports children and young people in numerous enrichment projects. The enrichments projects enable all involved to develop vital life skills and gives them the opportunity and experience to enrich not only their own lives but also the local community they live/study in.

It was also a fantastic evening for Richard from Haileybury Turnford who was shortlisted for Young Volunteer of the year. This was for the numerous times he has volunteered for CHEXS and the extra miles he always goes to help and support his peers, younger children and community members alike! Richard came runner up from a short list of 10 other young people which was a fantastic achievement and we are all very proud of him.

11th March 2016

High Sheriffs Award

It is fantastic recognition of all the hard work and dedication the CHEXS Team, Volunteers and Children & Young People from Haileybury Turnford, Cheshunt, Goffs and CHEXS primary Schools display every day to support the local community.

It made it all that more extra special having Luke & Max from Goffs with us to also receive the award. It is the young peoples enthusiasm and development of their key life skills that is the whole reason of doing.

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18th January 2016

CHEXS Grow Club

Cedars park, Theobalds Lane, Cheshunt

Sunday 10th July 2016

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10th December 2015

CHEXS Annual Report

and accounts 2014 - 2015

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14th October 2015

Great News!

CHEXS was awarded the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority Volunteer Group of the year award 2015.

This is in recognition of the hard work, dedication and commitment that Goffs, Cheshunt and Haileybury Turnford young people have displayed in volunteering their time to help maintain and upkeep the park.

CHEXS volunteers develop life skills in team work, problem solving and communication as well as making new friends, giving something back and helping to maintain and enhance many public areas that everyone can enjoy.

12th August 2015

CHEXS annual Grande Finale Growing Competition & Family Day took place at Cedars Park on Sunday 12th July 2015.

The Grande Finale day was about bringing families and the local community together and celebrating all the effort and dedication school staff, local volunteers and most importantly children and young people had shown throughout the competition. The finale gave them all the opportunity to showcase the hard work and effort that goes into growing the crops and creating and designing the stalls. In partnership with Broxbourne Council, CHEXS provided exciting activities for the children/young people to enjoy during the day including a Climbing Wall, Palm Tree climb, a Giant Slide and a puppet show. Various clubs and groups CHEXS supports also enjoyed the day, these included SPOCAN, BIG (Be Included Group) and Vision4Growth. The day also had many other exciting activities provided by Broxbourne Councils “Let’s Go & Play” rangers which ensured, safe and enjoyable fun for all: face painting, bouncy castle, and Art & Craft to name a few.

However, the main event was the growing competition with each school displaying their crops and objects/articles (Scarecrows, posters) which had been made from March 2015. The clubs were run in school either as a breakfast, lunch or after school club.

The schools and Children’s Centres that displayed their produce on the day in this year’s event were:

Overall Winner Primary School or Children's Centre
1st -DEWHURST ST MARY
2nd -ST JOSEPHS
3rd -CHURCHFIELDS

Overall Winner Secondary School
1st TURNFORD
2nd CHESHUNT

Winner of Best Display Primary or Secondary
ST JOSEPHS

Most Impressive Vegetable (odd) Primary or Secondary
CHURCHFIELD - BEETROOT

Winner of each Individual Vegetable/Flower Trophies

Primary School/Children's Centre
Brookland Infants - LETTUCE/ONION/PARSELY
Churchfield - BROAD BEAN/FRENCH BEAN/STRAWBERRY/SWEET PEAS
Dewhurst St Mary's - BASIL/BEETROOT/CALENDULA/COURGETTE/POTATOES/RADISH
Greenfield - PEAS
St Josephs - CARROT/CORIANDER/PAK CHOI/SPRING ONIONS

Secondary School
Cheshunt - BEETROOT
Turnford – CARROT/CORIANDER/PAK CHOI/SPRING ONOINS/ PEAS/ LETTUCE, ONION/PARSLEY/BROAD BEAN/FRENCH BEAN/STRAWBERRY/SWEET PEAS/BASIL BEETROOT/CALENDULA/COURGETTE/POTATOES/ RADISH

The growing clubs support children and young peoples’ learning and create a fun way to educate the children on healthy eating and different approaches to exercise and economic well-being. The children also learn how to work together in a team and are helped by local community volunteers who give their time and expertise to local schools.

We would like to say a big thank you to the judges, Robert and Roger from Aylett Nurseries for having the difficult responsibility of judging the crops grown, Patsy Spears from the Ethnic Minority Association (EMA) and Brian Cooke Community Development Manager, B3 Living. All judges showed dedication and consistency to each display which made the competition so much more meaningful.

We would also like to say a big thank you to the Mayor of Broxbourne, Martin Greensmyth, and Charles Walker, local MP, for supporting the day and for J Sainsbury’s Waltham Point Depot for providing staff and free refreshments to the public.

The grow club will be starting again March 2016 with the Grande Finale day being on Sunday 10th July 2016 12-4pm at Cedars Park.

13th July 2015

CHEXS Enrichment - Team Building

CHEXS Team Building Project is now in its 7th year and is once again challenging young people to step out of their comfort zone and try something different. The project comprises two 5 day residential trips under canvas incorporating mental and physical challenges. They are based around team orientated activities in various settings with specific team tasks in different environments and conditions. The project teaches the young people camp craft skills such as erecting a tent, effectively packing a rucksack, cooking on a stove, planning navigation routes, and various physical activities. The aim of the project is to improve the young people’s self-reliance and engagement in teamwork, raising their confidence and self-esteem through experiencing different activities and environments to help with their future employability. The project is conducted by charity staff and was this year supported by Lt Cdr Dave Collins from the Royal Navy. The project works closely with Turnford, Goffs and Cheshunt secondary schools to identify 8 year 9 or 10 students from each school who would benefit the most from the experience. The three schools are then split across the two weeks one going away before, and one after, the May half term.

Before the groups go away together they attend a team building induction day at Stubbers Adventure Centre and an orienteering day at Lee Valley park to enable the groups to meet and to get to know each other. The students attend the induction in their set groups to break down barriers and to start working together as one team. The 2 days involves a series of challenges to complete including: high ropes, team challenge course and tent building. It was not long before the students from all three schools are acting as one group and working together to accomplish all the challenges they are set.

The whole project is a fantastic opportunity and all the young people involved learn many valuable life skills and experiences, individually and collectively as a team, that help develop and support life challenges ahead.

CHEXS would like to thank the Royal Navy for allowing Lt Cdr Dave Collins to attend both weeks. His passion and Navy training was invaluable to supporting and developing the Young People. I would also like to thank Robert Gordon County Councillor District: Broxbourne Borough Goff’s Oak and Bury Green and Leader of the Council for funding to help make the life changing opportunity to the young people free. CHEXS is looking forward to make this life changing opportunity available to more Young People next year.

5th June 2015

Broxbourne Pastoral Lead Network

Newsletter Issue 2 (click image to download)

13th April 2015

CHEXS Relaunch

Many thanks to everybody who attended the CHEXS re-launch! There was a fantastic atmosphere and it was great seeing so many people and organisations sharing the special day with CHEXS!

I would also like to say a big thank you to our two inspirational speakers, Sally and Amber, who talked about their own experiences of being supported and working with CHEXS!

Many Thanks

CHEXS

26th March 2015

Broxbourne Pastoral Lead Network

Newsletter Issue 1 (click image to download)

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