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A Chis & Sid Creation Myth – Ancient Greek Style

Check out this excellent creation myth written by Charlotte in year 10:


Before Chis and Sid, children with gifted minds were imprisoned in failing schools. Their intelligence was restricted, their imagination was inhibited – they had no freedom of thought. The dull blazers were their prison.

One teacher, a Mr Juse, had had enough. He could change things, and he was going to.

You see, nobody thought that Mr Juse was a ‘normal’ teacher. His lessons came alive for the children and he seemed to know the answer to any question put before him. This was because Mr Juse was not a ‘normal’ teacher. In fact, he was a god – the god of learning. However, he had vowed to give up all of his cosmic powers after the other gods had had him banished from Grammar, his old home.

Mr Juse needed help. He had to return to Grammar and beg forgiveness from the other gods in order to gain the aid that he needed. And that’s just what he did. Upon returning to his old home, he dropped to his knees in front of the gods and cried out his apologies. The gods were all silent. Until one started laughing! Soon the skies of Grammar were filled with shouts of laughter. The head god, Chissid, shouted, “Forgive you? After what you did? You stole all our books!” The laughter stopped. “No god will EVER speak to you again or they will face banishment as well.” Mr Juse looked with pleading eyes at all the gods’ stony faces, until…

“Juse, I will help you,” said Davies, god of war. “Me too!” said the small goddess Edleman, goddess of intelligence. “I offer my services!” bellowed Lester, god of colours. “I want to help,” whispered Williams, god of invisibility. “Why not?” smiled Townsend, goddess of sports.

Chissid was furious and shouted, “You will all be banished! Leave and never return – or face the consequences!” Therefore, Mr Juse stood up, gathered his helpers and came back down to Sidcup. With the help of the other gods, Mr Juse built a safe place where gifted children could discover their full potential. He named it Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School, shortened to Chis and Sid – to spite Chissid. He included Grammar in the name to remind him and the other gods of their old home.

Mr Juse needed a way to separate these students, so he made ‘houses’, which he named after the gods who had helped him. But it didn’t feel enough. So, he created one last house that included everyone, which he named Staff.

And that’s how Chis and Sid was created.