Week Ending 15th September
- 42 Year 10 and 11 students took part in a very successful Practice expedition for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award on Friday and Saturday last week. Students worked in teams to navigate different routes in the wind, rain, sun and thunder showers! All surpassed themselves, carrying rather heavy backpacks, and showed they all have what is required to achieve their bronze Award during their Assessed Expedition taking place on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 October. Let’s hope for that ‘Indian Summer’!
- This year there is a new and exciting list of extracurricular clubs available to both KS3 and KS4 pupils. A wider range of clubs will not only enrich the pupils, but also provide them with an invaluable and enjoyable experience. Our pupils will not only benefit from attending these clubs, but will also be rewarded for attendance with various perks, such as VUE cinema tickets and Amazon vouchers, as part of our re-vamped rewards’ system. These clubs will be running at lunchtime or after school; further details will be published on the website shortly.
- Music extra-curricular activities have started this week and we have a varied programme on offer; Orchestra, Year 7 Choir, Guitar and Ukulele Group, Chesterton Singers, Samba Band, Recorder Group, Jazz Band and Only Boys Aloud. We welcome students of all ages and abilities and it is a great opportunity to explore musical interests in more detail, make new friends and participate in a range of performance experiences. Please do look on the school website for specific details and it is not too late for students to come along next week!
- Also the Chesterton Recitals have started this week with an excellent piano duet recital given by Hayley and Gordon Ogilvie. Thank you very much to them for sharing their expertise with us. Our next recital is on Tuesday 19th September with Andrew Sion performing a range of Baroque music. We look forward to seeing you there. All recitals begin at 3.30pm in M1 and refreshments will be provided.
- The Year 9 girls played their first hockey match of the season, this week, against St. Marys. This was their first game as an 11 a-side and the team showed excellent skills on the pitch. The girls were excellent at keeping in their positions and offering support to one another, which led to an exciting and even match. Unfortunately in the last quarter with three minutes to go St. Marys scored. Final score 1-0 to St Marys. Congratulations to all the girls that played and special thanks to the captain Caroline Stoop and player of the match Maddie Smith.
- Extra-curricular Sport has started! The start-of-term enthusiasm is clear to see, as great numbers of students take part in the extra-curricular sport programme at Chesterton. Already students have been taking part in a wide range of activities, including: badminton, basketball, table tennis, fitness suite, rugby, hockey and a ‘multisport optional club’. Some are playing recreationally – great! Some are playing competitively – great! All seem to be enjoying the experience along the way.
- Some college teams have already played their first game of the year, but the regular seasonal rugby and hockey fixtures take place for all years next week: watch this space!
- Under 16 rugby success The Under 16 rugby team started the season extremely well, in a triangular tournament against Sawston Village College and Bassingbourn Village College. The players increasingly played as a team throughout the evening and were comfortable winners in both games. Not only were the longstanding players performing well, but there was also a fantastic debut performance by Theo Dwumah, who scored five tries, and contributed to a great all-round team performance.
- It was wonderful to see so many of our Year 7 parents on Thursday at our “How to help your child evening”. The aim of the event is to provide helpful advice about what activities can be done at home to support the curriculum and also give an overview of what students are studying.
- Next Tuesday will be the PTA AGM, which will be in the library at 7.30pm. Please do feel free to come along and meet fellow parents.
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott