Week Ending 15th July
- Firstly I would just like to say thank you for everyone’s patience and support last week; it was wonderful to be so well supported by our community. As you will have heard from our Chair of Governors we now await our report, which may not be until September because of the summer holiday.
- For the first time, in what seems forever, we held our Year 11 ‘Prom’ on a warm balmy evening. Over 150 Year 11 students, dressed in their finest, were welcomed onto the school site by friends, family and school staff; all arriving in an array of vehicles. Students were met with ‘Mocktails & Popcorn’ and escorted down the red carpet to the marquee, which this year had a spectacular black and gold theme. Throughout the evening, students danced to the sounds of a Year 11 band, ‘Houseboat’, formed by Jed Upjohn, Elizabeth Blackwell and a DJ. As it was a glorious evening, the marquee was open on the grass so students could enjoy the array of giant games laid out. A magnificent buffet was supplied by our own school chef, Spencer Norman, which disappeared very swiftly, along with many jugs of squash and water. The majority of students had their photos taken with groups of friends: these will be posted on our Facebook page later in the term. We hope the weather is an omen for many years to come and wish all our Year 11 students a warm and happy summer; we look forward to seeing everyone on results’ day in August.
- On Tuesday we hosted the Grand Final to ‘The Great House Bake Off’. During the past 12 weeks over 30 students and members of staff have battled it out with their baking skills. For the final, the finalists were asked to bake a cake based on their favourite memory from Chesterton so far. We had some FANTASTIC bakes and we have been overwhelmed with the standard of baking throughout the competition. We had Mahala and Emma from the local café “Stir” come and judge the final bakes as well as Ian Cumming from the 2015 BBC Bake Off Final! It was a hard process to decide, however the final decision all went down to flavour…Amelia in Robinson House stole the show with her chocolate sponge that was based on how much she has enjoyed Drama this year. Mrs Williams won the teacher round where she represented two of her favourite memories: trip to Disneyland and the christmas cinema night. Massive well done to all our competitors, especially our finalists: Maddie, Amelia, Sofia, Eliza, Miss Frampton, Miss Saliba and Mrs Williams. Also a HUGE thank you to Stir and Ian Cumming for coming in the rain to judge our cakes! If you want to see photographs from the final, please visit the following link:
- Please do look at the link below which shares news about our nominations for the Cambridge Evening News Education Awards. Dr Hayley McCulloch has been nominated as a finalist for the best teacher award, with Aminah Rahman and Rosie Johnson as the only two finalists in pupil of the year category.
- This term saw the launch of our new rewards system called Above and Beyond Points. For those of you who may have missed this, we have launched a new reward system which promotes students being outstanding in every capacity. Students are rewarded with above and beyond points and these points unlock access to a perks for points system. There are a number of levels and gaining enough points unlocks the prize associated with that level. We are proud to say that an incredible 33,000 points have been awarded to students this year. The ultimate prize to round off the term is a trip to sunny Hunstanton: 100 students were lucky enough to unlock a seat on the coach for our first reward trip taking place on Thursday. Needless to say we are incredibly excited and can’t wait!
- LTA Tennis Leaders Award: fittingly, during ‘Wimbledon week’, a number of Year 8 and 9 students took part in the LTA Tennis Leader Award, provided by the Cambridge Tennis Academy. The two-day course gave opportunity for increasing confidence and improving leadership skills through tennis coaching. All the students progressed and look forward to the future coaching hours being offered by the Academy at Chesterton!
- The U13 girls’ cricket team competed at the regional finals in Chelmsford, Essex on Tuesday. Chesterton students were representing Cambridgeshire who were in Pool A alongside Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex. Unfortunately the competition was fierce and the girls narrowly lost each game; however, they did go on to beat Surrey in a friendly match by 12 runs! Well done to the following girls: Eloisa Binfield-Gonzalez; Gracie Lewis; Lauren Robbins; Heather Lomas; Aditi Anand; Flora Butterworth; Orla Kennedy and Hattie Ruffle-Ward.
- Two of our EAL international students (new arrivals), who have chosen EAL as KS4 option, have been invited by two prestigious summer schools to take part in their programme this year. The first one is going to take place in Leeds, organised by the UKMT, the second one is here in Cambridge at Girton College and is organised by Cambridge Dream. Congratulations to Tomas Vamos from Hungary and Andres Arcia Lopez from Venezuela, both in Year 10.
- Lucy Blake and Ben Dobson are hosting a Cambridge Open Studio at Chesterton Community College on the Saturdays and Sundays of 8th, 9th and 15th 16th July 11 am – 6pm. You can see their entry in as number 15 in the Cambridge Open Studios guide or you could use http://www.camopenstudios.co.uk/cos-search/a-to-z-grid or www.themicroscopeman to find out more.
- We have received three exciting boxfuls of generously donated new play scripts from Nick Hern Books, Samuel French and Faber & Faber. They total over 100 titles. These will soon be catalogued in the library and available for general use. They will form the starter kit for a fresh new Performing Arts area of the library.
- ESOL cafe has been nominated for an award along with our volunteer team. The award is for services to the community. The ESOL choir are also singing at the ceremony in Ely on Wednesday.
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott