Week Ending 14th June
With just one week to go now until the build is complete the internal areas of our new building look pretty much complete. The builders are still continuing to finish off the external paving, but there is very little left to do here.
Next week we will start our handover with familiarisation training on Monday for key systems, with a view to having the building fully handed over by the end of the week.
You may be aware that we have been working with the Chartered College of Teaching to support their recent work on the use of technology in education. This has included members of Chesterton staff writing for Chartered College of Teaching publications, mentoring other teachers online and being filmed teaching lessons using technology. We thought you might like to see some of the materials that have been produced. They can be viewed via the school website at: https://ccc.cambridgeshireeducationaltrust.org/information/tabletlearning/
Congratulations to computing teacher, Keith Gage, who has had his behaviour case study accepted by the Chartered College of Teaching; it will be shared with participants as part of their Accelerate programme.
This week we launched our new well-being scheme: It’s about YOU. This scheme is designed to encourage students to take some time to focus on themselves and to encourage students to learn about how to support their well-being. Our first session was run by Mrs Murray Williams on Mindfulness Drawing techniques. Our second session will be on Wednesday 19th where we will be going for a talking walk, this is designed to allow students to speak to staff and peers without any judgement; it is also a great way to release any stress! If you think your child would like to join in with the walk, please email Mrs Butler by Monday 17th. The walk will be after school on the 19th for one hour.
CUFC delivered their second session on ‘Mind Your Head’ to Year 8s this week. This week the focus was evaluating mental health and what you should do if you feel you are suffering. The sessions have been extremely successful so far and students within the year group are talking more openly about what mental health is and what it means to students their age.
We are delighted that all of the Artsaward Bronze students have passed their award. Well done to all these Year 9 students who have worked independently to complete. The award involved four parts: going to an art exhibition; researching an artist they admire; making their own artwork and sharing their skills with others.
Year 11 Prom
As Year 11 students come to the end of their exams thoughts are turning to this year’s leaver ‘Prom’ which will be held on Thursday 27th June. Tickets are available from Mrs. Coppin in the IT office; these are in return for any outstanding items, i.e. library books, IPAD and revision guides. Dress code is ‘Dress to impress’. We are looking forward to what is always a wonderful evening.
Houses have completed their 13th session of mindfulness organised by Robert Parkinson. Throughout the year, students have started each week with a guided meditation and mindfulness session on topics ranging from ‘calm’ and ‘letting go of worry’ to ‘exams’ and ‘anxiety’. These sessions
last anywhere from five minutes to ten minutes and have helped to create a positive and focussed start to the week for all. Some students have even taken up mindfulness and meditation out of school after finding the Monday sessions so helpful.
Chesterton is currently looking at rolling out mindfulness and mediation across the curriculum and school day in order to help our students manage day-to-day problems and provide life-long skills for self-help.
As part of “Connecting Classrooms Through Global Learning” Mrs Carter from Chesterton Community College and Mrs Dickerson for Downham Market Academy went to Kathmandu, Nepal to visit Samriddhi School and Niharika School. Both schools were very different: one more affluent and one having minimal resources. Mrs Carter and Mrs Dickerson taught a lesson relating to the UN Sustainable Development Goals 11 (sustainable communities) and 12 (responsible production and consumption); the lesson focused on how plastic is having an impact on our planet. Students were engaged by the untraditional teaching methods, however, it brought to light that students are the same all over the World no matter where you are teaching. It was an amazing experience and both teachers were lucky enough to experience a mountain flight to see Mt Everest and drove to Chitwan National Park to see the one horned rhinoceros. We are looking forward to hosting Naresh, the Principal of Samriddhi School, and Prakash, a teacher from Niharika School, in July 2019. More to follow after their visit.
Please could we ask all parents/carers to regularly check their child’s iPad mains charger and cable for any signs of damage, such as cracks, discolouration (caused by over-heating) and frayed cables. If you notice anything abnormal please discontinue use immediately and ask your child to bring the item to IT for inspection and replacement.
Music ensembles are working hard towards numerous concerts in the next couple of weeks. If your child is in an ensemble please do remind them to attend rehearsals at this busy time of year. They should be aware of when their group is playing in concerts via the Music Extra-Curricular Clubs Edmodo group.
A highlight should be the 4th July summer concert, which we hope to hold outside in the Wynn Williams Garden by the music department. If it does rain, the hall is booked! This is a ‘Last Night of the Proms’ style informal concert at which flags and picnics are most welcome. The concert will begin at 6.30pm, and admission is free, but if you are intending to come, please do reserve a ticket on ParentMail so we have an idea of numbers. All department ensembles are performing at this concert, and there is also space for soloists and small groups to perform. Interested students should see Miss Wilson.
We are now organising instrumental tuition for next academic year. At Chesterton we are hugely fortunate to have visiting instrumental teachers for all string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments, as well as singing, piano, and guitars. If your child is interested in learning an instrument, please do contact Miss Wilson in the music department for further information. This opportunity is open to students in all year groups.
Just before May half term, 40 students from years 7, 8 and 9 set off from school at 3:30am to catch a flight to Naples where the first leg of our Latin trip to Italy began. Students enjoyed the first sunny day walking through the streets of Herculaneum, where we learnt about those whose lives are preserved in the incredible ancient ruins. Students were enthusiastic and curious despite the early wake up and used their imaginations to visualise what life was like for the people who lived in Herculaneum before the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. The second day was spent soaking up more ancient sights at Pompeii, where some of our students even re-enacted a gladiator fight in the amphitheatre. The evening was spent in the beautiful town of Sorrento where students enjoyed some free time and souvenir shopping. The third day took us to the Naples Archaeological Museum where students were able to forge links between the myths they had learned about in Latin and the impressive marble statues found in the museum – even having a go at recreating some of the poses! We then moved our adventure to Rome, where students walked an impressive 15km around some of Rome’s most famous historic sites, including the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Pantheon. The day was finished with a leisurely afternoon in the Villa Borghese Gardens where we held our Latin Trip Talent Show, won by our resident Year 7 rap troupe, Yummy Scrummy. And of course, it wouldn’t have been a trip to Italy without a gelato here and there! At the end of each day, students who had really impressed us became our “stelle” (stars) of the day. The staff were incredibly impressed with the behaviour, enthusiasm, kindness and curiosity demonstrated by all students who attended the trip, it was safe to say a great time was had by all.