Week Ending 21st June

Dear Parents/Carers,

At the end of this week we will go through the handover process for our fantastic new build! We had to work extremely hard to get the build in the first place and we are exceptionally grateful to all of those who supported the campaign; next week all the hard work pays off! We have a week to move into the Canteen and Science areas and the new auditorium and art facilities will be in full swing from September.

The new spaces will give us a greater opportunity to enhance our student experience: not rushing lunch, and packed lunches being able to eat with their friends for example. Over the next few weeks we will be exploring how best to use the space and will be working with students on how to get the most from this amazing build.

A reminder that next week (24-28 June) the kitchen will be closed to allow us to move into the new building. All students are asked to bring a packed lunch and break-time snack with them. Students eligible for a free school meal can collect a packed lunch from the canteen each day at break time.

Lockers

Following the removal of our old metal lockers the school has engaged with a new locker provider to supply and manage over 1,000 new lockers which will be installed over the summer holidays. The new lockers are fully waterproof, brightly coloured and are now available for booking via the website https://locker.rentals/ ready for September 2019.

GCSE Exams

This week has seen the final GCSE exams take place. We are very proud of the hard work and dedication shown by our Year 11 students. We wish them a well-deserved relaxing summer.

Diversity Week

As part of our efforts to ensure our school environment is a place where every child can realise their potential, we will be joining hundreds of thousands of pupils and school staff taking part in School Diversity Week 2019 to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) equality in education. Growing up remains unacceptably tough for LGBT+ young people: 40% contemplate suicide, 52% self-harm and 86% still hear homophobic remarks. This has a potentially life-long impact on well-being. Alongside our anti-bullying and safeguarding policies, taking part in School Diversity Week is an important way of actively supporting LGBT+ young people in our school, and of demonstrating our commitment to an inclusive school environment where every young person can be themselves and thrive. It is a chance to explain to all our pupils the importance of diversity in the world we are preparing them for.

There will be a non-uniform day on Friday 5th July in aid of School Diversity Week. Students are encouraged to come in rainbow colours as part of the non-uniform day and bring a donation of £1 or another affordable amount. There will also be a bake sale, if you are able to donate any baked goods please do get in touch!

If you have any questions or want to find out more, please do get in touch with Miss Martinelli.

Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Dr Kath Hutchinson who has been nominated for Cambridge News Teacher of the Year.

The Island

Tickets are now on sale for Chesterton Youth Theatre’s upcoming performance: The Island’. This double-bill of plays will 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, and is presented in a style combining physical theatre and symbolic imagery, a cappella song and rhythmic percussion, highly-charged acting and counterpointed characterisation. ‘The Island’ is also the setting for both plays: it is mysterious, unnamed and eerily magical.

The setting for ‘The Island’ has been inspired by some Year 7 performers, who chose to campaign about climate change and ocean pollution caused by single-use plastics as part of their ‘Finding Your Voice’ assessments in drama. 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. If you do not have access to this, please email smarston@chesterton.cambs.sch.uk. It is advisable to book well in advance; only 100 seats are available for each performance.

Music

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 will be the July 4th 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: 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.

Year 7 and 8 singers represented Chesterton at the Phoenix Network event at West Road on Friday evening. Students sang as part of a massed choir, with eight other schools, performing items such as ‘Zadok the Priest’ whilst also giving a Chesterton performance. They were a credit to the school in their conduct and enthusiasm throughout the evening.

PE

The annual district schools Olympic Cup athletics match took place on Wednesday at the University track. It involved approximately 100 athletes from years 7-10, plus a great set of sports leaders from year 9 who helped the PE staff to organise the event. It was a very competitive and very close finish, but Chesterton won – and the trophy’s in the cabinet! There were fantastic individual performances including the breaking of a school record by Immy in the year 7 girls 1500m. The team performances were also impressive, with year 7 boys, year 8 boys and year 9 girls finishing in first place. The year 7 girls and year 9 boys finished in second place. The year 8 girls and year 10 boys were in third place, and the year 10 girls scored valuable points in 8th place.

The next time our athletes will be seen in action, is on Sports Day 2019 (9th July).

A very competent set of sports leaders from year 9 were part of the group of staff which organised The Castle School sports day on Wednesday. They managed to avoid the rain – just. Staff at the Castle School were very complimentary of the contributions made by our leaders.

Classics

It is with great pleasure that our Classics Department has a post exam treat for us: the great and lovely classicist, writer and broadcaster Natalie Haynes, has kindly agreed to come to our school to give a talk to our Latin students (and anyone interested!) on Tuesday 25th June at 3.30pm.

Natalie will be delivering a talk based around her book “A Thousand Ships”. She will take us on a tour around The Trojan War, the greatest conflict in ancient literature, perhaps in literature full stop; from the causes of the war (divine displeasure) to its complex aftermath. This encompasses some of the greatest poetry ever written: The Iliad, The Odyssey, The Oresteia, The Trojan Women and much more. The stories of the women, whose lives the war affected have been largely untold, from the Amazon warrior, Penthesilea, to the priestess who saw the whole thing coming, Cassandra. Continuing a project she began with her novel, “The Children of Jocasta”, Natalie takes the women out of the shadows and puts them back where they belong: in the middle of the story.

The talk will be on Tuesday 25th June at 3.30pm in room A. We aim to finish by 5pm at the latest.

There is one little request: when Ms Spielman ambushed Natalie after her talk in the Royal Academy she was told we couldn’t pay her any fee, but would be happy to treat her to some Roman themed cake (like the amazing Classics Bake Off). That did the trick! If any students or parents can find the time and energy to conjure something up, that would be wonderful. Please let Clara Spielman know if your child will be attending.

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

Latin Trip

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.

Latin Trip ‘stelle’:

Y7: Harry , Ryan , Elizabeth, Oliver

Y8: Diego, Sid, Hecctor

Y9: Morgan,, Sam, Lisa, Greta

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