Week ending 10th July
- As Year 9 look forward to starting their new GCSE courses in September, we will be providing, via Parentmail and the college website, a booklet full of preparatory ideas (books to read, places to visit, activities to do, programmes to watch etc…) for each of next year’s courses. These activities are designed by course teachers to really support the start of the GCSEs and we encourage all students to try a few over the holidays.
- We were delighted this week to welcome Year 6 parents and students. On Monday we had our Sport Festival and on Wednesday our full induction day, followed by the parent induction evening. All the events were very well received by students and parents; we were pleased to hear so many positive comments about the atmosphere of the school; the friendliness of the staff; how excited everyone is about starting and the quality of the school dinners! We can’t wait for September and welcoming everyone back as Year 7 Chesterton students.
- Tuesday after school saw the annual staff v students badminton competition. All of the regulars from the school Badminton Club were playing on the student side and several irregulars were playing for the staff. Nevertheless, the staff romped to victory beating the students by 42 points to 28. A re-match is definitely being planned!
- Year 8 students recently submitted their One Page Plays to Menagerie in the Young Writer category. Every year Menagerie accepts entries for the ‘One Page Play Competition’ which takes place at Hotbed, Cambridge’s new writing theatre festival. This year seven playwrights with four plays, have been successful in getting through to the first round. They are: Lucas Allburn; Hannah Bierman and Rosie Johnson; Liddy Woodford and Izzy Godfrey; Annmarie Federle and Sophie O’Sullivan. Professional actors will perform their plays as part of Hotbed at 7.30 on Sunday 12 July at Cambridge Junction. Previous Year 8 students have been winners of the ‘One Page Play Competition’. In 2013, Shannon Li had stiff competition from many other Chesterton contestants. Last year’s winner of the whole competition was Rosie Green. Please do come along and support this year’s entrants and see whether we have another Chesterton winner!
- A number of our KS3 students attended the annual Swavesey Science Challenge, competing with twenty other schools in the area. They checked the purity of water, made copper sulphate crystals and constructed a crane out of straws. They will be judged on organisation skills, teamwork and safety. We excitedly wait for the results…..
- As part of our enrichment programme Year 7 students went on a trip to the Scott Polar Museum in Cambridge. The students were not sure what to expect, but they found the tale of Scott and his team absolutely fascinating. The activities that were provided really engaged the students as they made decisions about which expedition members they would take with them onto the next stage. The artefacts in the museum were really brought alive through the session. One of the students saying: “So is this actually the sleeping bag that Oates slept in!” A tragic yet inspiring piece of history and science was brought alive. Also, more than a hundred Year 9 students had a morning in the city, visiting Cambridge Science Centre and the Sedgwick Museum. The students were inspired by their time in the Sedgwick. Most of them had no idea how tricky it was to piece together a dinosaur. The students took part in activities that began to explain the challenge. The fact that our understanding of dinosaurs is still changing came as a surprise to many and made them think again about the resilience that scientists have to have to cope with changing theories. At the Science Centre, students enjoyed the Spectrum Science Show with various demonstrations and then were given time to explore the dynamic exhibits in the centre.
- Congratulations to William Tan, in Year 9, who won gold in the junior black belt division at the Midland Taekwondo Championships. The judge made the following comment: “I was fortunate enough to be judging on Ring 2 today when William Tan performed. He was exceptional, the judges on the panel all commented how nice it was to finally see someone showing us some real TKD!! Well done buddy and thank you for a superb display!” His brother Winston, who is in Year 4 at St Lawrence’s, also had a good day winning gold in his division as well. A talented duo!
- Bella Fowlie, in Year 8, has been selected to compete in the British Junior Rowing Championships which are taking place this year in Scotland. This event is (unusually for juniors) rowed over the Olympic distance of 2,000m. We wish her luck.
- As our programme of decorating is completed we now begin our work adding to displays with some great new art work and every faculty area choosing the displays they would like to have on their walls. Donna Young has been working closely with faculties and will be putting some photos and display ideas on the website.
- “Climbing Wall Fundraising Day” was a great success this week, with students from all tutor groups running stalls and activities over breaks and lunchtimes. Stalls ranged from opportunities to find hidden treasure; guess the number of sweets in the jar; ice-cream and homemade cake sales; funny photo booth; wet sponges and many more. We are still counting the funds raised……………well done to all students.
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott