Week Ending 12th July

Sports Day 2019

It felt like we’d ‘been here before’ at the end of Sports Day 2019!  After competitions in athletics, triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, wheelchair basketball, badminton, dance, boules, football and netball, Robinson House was the winner for the fourth year in a row.  There were great examples of competition, fantastic sporting behaviour, and the atmosphere was at times electric (and always positive).  Until next year . . .

Sports leaders

A large and very able group of sports leaders has assisted our local primary schools this week.  On Wednesday, approximately 50 students from Years 8 and 9 helped to organise the primary school athletics festival for Arbury, Mayfield and Milton Road schools , leading a variety of events including relay, hurdles, discus, long jump, high jump, tennis ball throw and tug-of-war.  It was fantastic to watch the enthusiasm, commitment and increasing confidence as we went through the day.  Their help was very much appreciated by the PE Department and primary school staff.

Another group of more than 30 students then helped to organise the primary school sports days for Milton Road and Mayfield primaries on Thursday – some returning to their old school, at least a foot taller than when they left!

An educational first for Chesterton

We are delighted to announce that Chesterton has become one of the first schools in England to be awarded official Computer Hub status by the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE). We will be providing support for primary and secondary computing teachers in schools across the area.

Last Night of the Proms

Many congratulations to the students who took part in Thursday’s ‘Last Night of the Proms’ outdoor music concert. The sun was shining and students performed brilliantly, showcasing a huge variety of music. As well as our current students, it was great to have our new Year 7s joining us to perform with the orchestra; we hope they will all continue to play with the orchestra or other groups when they join Chesterton fully in September. Thank you to all the staff and parents who supported this concert. We now look forward to next year’s exciting musical events!

The Island

The last tickets are on sale for Chesterton Youth Theatre’s sumptuous summer production: THE ISLAND. This double-bill of plays is to be performed by 40 students from Years 7 – 10, on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th July 2019, in the Wynn Williams Garden at Chesterton Community College. The performance will start at 7pm and end at approximately 9.30pm, and it includes an interval when refreshments will be served. ‘The Island’ juxtaposes an abridged version of ‘The Tempest’ by William Shakespeare with an adaptation of the classic novel ‘Lord of the Flies’ by William Golding. This outdoor, site-specific experience promises to be jaw-dropping, mind-bending and uplifting for theatre-lovers of all ages from 8yrs + (though there are references to violence). To pre-book tickets, please refer to the recent letter sent via parentmail, searching ‘Summer production’ or ‘The Island’. If you do not have access to parentmail, please email smarston@chesterton.cambs.sch.uk. Don’t miss out on the remaining seats, or the chance to see it!!

Chesterton well-being

Information about mental health and well-being has changed on our school website. It is easier to navigate and the information and support is now streamlined for your ease. Not only does it outline what we currently do at Chesterton, there is advice for students and parents that may be experiencing depression, anxiety, stress and others too. For the web site, please see the bottom of this blog.

Coding projects

In Computer Science we ran two separate three-day projects during Enrichment Week: ‘Three Days of GameMaking’ using Unity with Mr New and Mr Gage and ‘Three Days of Coding’ using C# and Python with Mr Dobson and Mr Kelly.  We had over 40 students attending, many honing their skills prior to the FXP Game Making competition. This gave students an understanding of how Computer Science is taught to adults on an intensive course, if they were to work in a programming environment.  Year 8 student, Miranda, said, “Thank you for having me on the three enrichment days of coding. I really enjoyed it!”

 

FXP Festival Report

This is the fourth Year of the FXP (Future Experience Points) Festival in Cambridge and the fourth year we have had teams enter from Chesterton. The task is to work in a team to create a new game in a single weekend.  The competition takes place over three days: the first weekend in July plus Monday.  Students are told, at 10:00am on the Saturday morning of the event, what the theme for the game is: this year it was Apollo and the students could create a game loosely based around this theme.  Three categories are available to enter: Game Development, Game Concept and Creative Writing. This year we had a record eight teams with a total of over 30 students, from Year 8 to Year 11. We were awarded second in the Creative Writing category for TingKang in Year 10. Well done to everyone involved, an excellent effort from all concerned.

Macmillan Fundraising

On the final day of term, Ms Russell, Mr Barber and Mr Zanni are going to shave off their hair in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and the fantastic work that they do for those affected by cancer. Ms Russell will also be donating her hair to the Little Princess Trust to help make wigs for young people with hair loss. If you would like to support this cause by donating online then please use the links below:

https://bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shavers/vitor-zanni

https://bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shavers/simon-barber

https://bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shavers/katharine-russell

We are grateful for all donations received, big and small!

Chesterton Singers

All music groups have now finished for the summer term except Chesterton Singers. Chesterton Singers is a choir for all students in Years 8-11 which meets on Fridays from 3.05-4pm and our current Year 7 are now welcome to go along in advance of September. The singers are working towards two exciting concerts in September.

Classics trip

On Tuesday, students at the Pavilion enjoyed a trip to Cambridge University Faculty of Classics, where they visited the cast gallery.  Students participated in a treasure hunt, involving identifying the Greek gods.  Some students also replicated the statues in a photo competition!

Our resident photographer

Ben Dobson’s (science teacher by day and photographer in any spare time he has) microscope art continues to be on show. Currently at Addenbrooke’s Hospital’s ATC (Addenbrooke’s Treatment Centre) gallery space: an exhibition with five pieces on show until August 5th. You can also see one of his works at Babylon Arts Gallery (https://www.babylonarts.org.uk/gallery) at Ely’s marina, as part of their summer open exhibition from July 20th till August 26th. You can see all of Mr Dobson’s current work via his websitewww.themicroscopeman.com  or his award winning work at https://chromaticawards.com/winners-gallery/chromatic-awards-2018/amateur/abstract

EAL at Anglia Ruskin

The EAL department had a very enjoyable outing, taking part in a workshop at the Cambridge School of Art in Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) on the theme of ‘Arriving at a new place’. The aim of the workshop was to explore with a small group of pupils and older people of the community their reflections and experiences when arriving at a new place (e.g. a new town, school, employment and/or country). Pupils and adults (who perceived themselves with or without a migration background) brought an object that reflected their arrival at a new place, which helped start a dialogue of discoveries between the participants of the workshop. Discussions between younger and older people were recorded and portraits were taken of all participants, which will be shown at the Being Human Festival in November 2019 (https://beinghuman festival.org/), as part of an overall exhibition curated by the StoryLab Research Institute (ARU) called ‘Secrets and Discoveries’.

All the pupils communicated fantastically with the older people of the community about their stories of arrival. All the ARU staff were very impressed.  An e-book of the exhibition will be also developed following the exhibition which will tour schools and community centres around the region.

Website

A reminder that the website is currently available at https://ccc.cambridgeshireeducationaltrust.org/

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