Week ending 17th June
- Enrichment week has happened with trips to the Somme; explorations of Cambridge and much more as you can read from the reports below (lots of photos on facebook):
- From Miss Evans: 35 Year 8 students travelled to Cardiff on Sunday as part of Enrichment Week. The fun-packed four day trip included a trip to St Fagan’s Living History Museum where students experienced life in a Victorian school-house; an exciting visit to the Doctor Who Experience; sky high adventures on the aerial ropes at Cardiff’s white-water centre; maths and science based puzzles and shows at Techniquest and much more! Special thanks to Mrs Williams for organising, to Mr Gilliver, Mr Kelly and Mrs Burroughes for their help and enthusiasm in running the trip, and to our group of students whose excellent conduct was commented on by staff in several of the venues visited.
- From Mr Chamberlain: A bunch of intrepid Year 8s headed off to Gilwell Park on the edge of Epping Forest to try new activities, experience the outdoors and bond with each other. Four of them soon learned that a coat is useful, when it rained on arrival! We decamped at our tents then got into activities. Groups started with the Aerial Trek and also two more climbing activities. After moving to a lodge and having dinner, we had a Wide Game then walked to a view point which prepared most of us for bedtime. On Tuesday the groups continued with these activities and some new ones. Go karts were “so competitive” and “so much fun”. Another climbing one was called “High all aboard: four students had to climb a pole then help each other all get onto a tiny square platform. I was again amazed at their determination, overcoming the challenge and how many succeeded. A later activity was a “sensory trail” which groups fortunately completed as the rain frequently threatened. An amusing watch, as students were blindfolded and had to use their other senses to complete tasks. A student commented: “It was epic because it feels like you are sleepwalking.” Again, after dinner, all the students got together for the evening activity. In true outdoor/scout style we all had a sing song, sometimes with students leading, around a camp fire. Toasting Marshmallows of course!
- Finally on Wednesday we arose in great spirits (after a good rest and more lovely food) and enjoyed the last activity, in glorious sunshine. It was lovely enough to picnic after packing and board the bus before rain returned. The students were commendable throughout and never were their spirits dampened. A credit to Chesterton and a pleasure to share their experiences, resilience, learning, bonding and confidence.
- From Ms. Marston: The Art and Drama Department have collaborated this week as part of Enrichment, working with approximately 120 students from Years 7 – 9, to create the visual elements for Chesterton’s forthcoming production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Students have engaged in a range of art techniques in order to create lanterns, fairy wings and set dressing for the Show which is due to take place – in part – outdoors in the Wynn Williams Garden. Their work has reflected the darkness and magic of the enchanted woods in the play, and will bring a modern twist to the text through juxtaposing nature with litter. Many young artists have enjoyed exploring the physical beauty of words themselves through printing quotations on to materials. The result is immensely exciting and can be viewed as work-in-progress in the photographs on Facebok. Thank you to all those students who brought both creativity and dedication to the project!
- From Miss Gardener: 22 Year 8 students set out on a long journey to St Davids in Pembrokeshire on Sunday morning. We spent two days taking part in incredible and rewarding activities, such as coaststeering and surfing. The students even took part in a VERY muddy mud run! All students tried something new and exciting that challenged and developed their confidence. We stayed in a wonderful bunk house on a beautiful farm that over looked the sea and although we did have a little bit of rain, we were lucky enough to have the sun shine through on most days. The students took part in a range of team building and problem solving activities that were held on the farm each evening. All students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were brave and resilient throughout the two days of activities.
- From Miss Heggan: The Y9 Soap Science Competition hosted by Innovative Enterprise turned into a House Competition, so here are the results (judged independently by one of the team from Innovative Enterprise). Award for Inventiveness = Equiano (Iside Buraga, Sabina Green and Olivia Blydenstein). Runners up = Cavendish (Rose Wall, Sarah Coret, Jasmine Storey, Lillie Torrens, Ruby Bell-Williamson & Jess Norman) Joint winners = Equiano (Bella Fowlie, Liddy Woodford and Joanna Fokas) and Robinson (Rosie Johnson, Hannah Berman, Alice Thornton, Alice Caldwell and Sonja Nashchekina).
- Some sporting news: Three Chesterton Year 7 students competing for Cantabrigian Rowing Club won gold, silver and bronze medals at the Blenheim Palace Junior Regatta on Saturday 11 June. Max Casciato and Paolo Cicolecchia won gold in the J12 double sculls race, crossing the finish line more than six lengths ahead of their nearest competitors, Cranmore School. Chesterton Year 7 Amun Varatak took the bronze from the stroke seat of another Cantabrigian RC double scull. Earlier in the day, Max Casciato, Paolo Cicolecchia and Amun Varatak won silver together in the J12 quadruple scull against two Cranmore School crews in a tight race where Cranmore hung on to an early lead to hold off a late surge from the Cantabrigian quad and win by a bow ball. These latest wins follow a winter of hard training and racing for Cicolecchia and Casciato in particular, who dominated and won the Cambridgeshire Rowing Association’s 2016 Winter League J12 doubles division and won five trophies between the two of them at the City of Cambridge Rowing Club’s City Sprints event in the double and the quad last month.
- We have a fantastic opportunity for up to twelve students from Chesterton Community College! Cambridge Tennis Academy has been successful in a funding application to run a comprehensive coaching and leadership course for 14-16 year olds. This is a great opportunity to not only improve tennis playing skills, but also to develop leadership skills which can be transferred into many other walks of life. The course includes: 12 hours of tennis coaching; 12 hour tennis leadership course; attending and leading an after school tennis club at Chesterton; becoming an official tennis leader on the Cambridge Tennis Academy weekly programme and holiday camps; Cambridge Tennis Academy Leader T-Shirt and hoodie. It is provisionally proposed that the two-day leadership course will run on 13th & 14th July (to be confirmed). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place for your son/daughter. Full details will be confirmed for all those who book.
- ESOL international singing group will be performing at the Chesterton Festival on Saturday 18th June at 2.30pm. Come and hear us if you can!
- And finally, the rain has stopped sports’ day for this week but we are rescheduled for July 7th and 8th; fingers crossed for glorious sunshine!
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott