Week Ending 22nd March 2019
Week Ending 22nd March 2019
The new £23million Cambridge Mosque opened its door last Friday to welcome over a thousand worshippers for their first ever Friday prayer together. The mosque is Europe’s first ever eco-friendly mosque and was designed by the late David Marks, a Jewish architect who, along with his wife Julia Barfield, designed the London Eye. Sayful Alam, a teacher at Chesterton school, was invited to lead the second Friday prayers of the day at the new mosque. More information can be found at:www.cambridgemosquetrust.org. The mosque will officially open to the public in early April and an opening ceremony will take place for the community to attend.
As we toured the new build this week we could see how well the builders were progressing internally. All the classrooms are starting to really look and feel like the spaces that we will gain as we see the walls being painted and the floors being laid. The builders are due to finish the paving works at the front of the school this week, which will be exciting and will really transform the first impression of the school as you arrive.
Year 10 have been involved in a ‘Cyber Discovery’ competition organised by GCHQ. Cyber Discovery, HM Government’s Cyber Schools Programme, is an extracurricular learning programme for students aged 14-18 across the UK. Its goal is to ensure that many more people enter the cyber security profession in the coming years. The competition even comes with the prospect of a job at the end! Chesterton are now into round three.
Neil Kelly took four Year 9s to the Kingsgate Conference Centre in sunny Peterborough for the first UK National Final of the First Tech robotics competition. Alex, Kain, Elliot and Lluc left Chesterton at 7:00am with a partially working robot. After a couple of hours of feverishly piecing together all of the components, Kain had made with his 3D printer, and after several rounds of competing against 24 other teams from all over the country, Chesterton found themselves in fourth place and in the semi-final. The event was hosted by our very own Bobby Seagull, who showed unswerving bias towards Chesterton CC! The team made it through to the final (winning a trophy and medals) finishing fourth overall and missing out on first prize of…a week in Detroit for the World final; next year maybe?
All four boys thoroughly enjoyed the day, even though they didn’t return home until after 7:30pm; they can’t wait until next year to compete again. We hope to consolidate the experience to start a Robotics club and encourage our next generation of roboteers.
Year 10 students of History have just finished 40% of their GCSE. Their assessment was on the topic of migration and their next is on the topic of International Relations. Congratulations to all who have now taken their first GCSE-style exam and good luck for the next one!
Congratulations to our lovely winners of the Classics Bake Off: Team Tess, Natalia & Jasmine (Year 7) 1st place; Lauren (Year 10) and Rhianna (Year 9) joint 2nd place and Katie (Year 7) 3rd place. A big thank you to all of you, who participated and came along, and to the supportive parents of our bakers! What an amazing lot of talented bakers we have among our Latin students! We will miss your appetising bakes and already look forward to another round next year.
We would like to say a big thank you to our students for their continuing efforts in maintaining good attendance: 97% or above. We have 541 students who are achieving this target and with 301 students maintaining outstanding attendance of 99% or higher.
House competitions continued this week with the Harry Potter Quiz which proved to be very popular! It was a 3 way tie between Hill, Fawcett, and Equiano at the top of the leaderboard and there wasn’t enough time for a tie breaker question unfortunately! The scores so far this year currently stand at: 1st – Robinson (1425); 2nd – Equiano (1385); 3rd – Fawcett (1310); 4th – Hill (990); 5th – Cavendish (955).
A huge congratulations to Isaac in Cavendish. He has earnt a total of 57 above and beyond points so far and he currently holds the most points in the school! Huge congratulations to him: he has unlocked the next level of our rewards system and earned himself a free ticket to a cinema event!
On Monday 18th March, Year 9 took part in their Healthy Relationships PSHE day to coincide with National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day. Students learned about: how to recognise unhealthy relationships; the importance of consent; dealing with peer pressure; the dangers of sexting; the signs of online grooming and where to find help. Visiting speakers from the Kite Trust and Centre 33 supported the running of the day, with theatre company AlterEgo sharing their production of Chelsea’s Story. Students engaged well with the workshops; please do talk to your children about the day.
Last Thursday we had 40 students from a school in Holland come and take part in a mini sports day. Students from Chesterton created teams with the Dutch pupils and took part in Netball, Football and Ultimate Frisbee tournaments. The Dutch teachers were very impressed with our students and a great time was had by all. Well done to all students who participated!
The year 10 football team were unfortunately knocked out of the District Cup against Linton last Friday. They lost the game 2-0 however certainly put up a fight and played some fantastic flowing football before conceding late on. They also returned to winning ways with a 5-2 victory over Cottenham with goals coming from Oliver (2), Ryan, Archie, and Finn.
The year 8 boys football team also won its district tournament this week – again the team was unbeaten, with some outstanding goals along the way from Matthew and Victor .
Congratulations to Max, Freddie, Ben, Lucca, Dallas, Henry, Matthew, Victor.
The year 10 netball team won its district tournament this week, with an unbeaten run which saw the team win by at least three goals throughout the afternoon! Congratulations to Gracie, Eloise, Emily, Sophie, Molly, Florri, Chloe, Taya, Freya, Alice, Hattie.
Five Y11 learners: Chloe, Minnie, Timi, Sophie and Carmelle recently participated in the Babraham Institute Schools’ Day. Each conducted a personal research project in the fields of epigenetics and immunology and featured in a news clip on BBC Look East.
A group of Year 7 learners visited the Cambridge Botanical Garden as a prelude to the faculty-wide science week. Focusing on this year’s national science week theme of journeys, learners investigated the taxonomy of trees, the evolution of reproductive structures and how plants featured in the development of modern medical techniques.
All of Year 7 were involved with a Careers morning called ‘What’s my line?’ This was to find out about a range of different employment opportunities and students had to guess what the guests’ jobs were. The guests were amazed about Year 7’s questioning and enquiry skills as they tried to work out the different fields of employment.
20 Year 7s and two Year 8s started the process of creating an ecological area at the back of the school’s car park with Willmott Dixon. Students found out about the importance of ecology and creating ecologically sustainable areas in urban areas. They were involved in creating bug hotels, hedgehog houses and bird/ bat boxes to transform this area. Eventually, the area will include an urban meadow, with wild plants and flowers, to attract more wildlife and create an ecological area for the school. Solenn and Dejun in Year 8 documented this event and will share information will all Year 7 when they start their “Sustainable Living” unit in Geography.
Last Thursday seven Year 10 students were invited to Cambridge University Press to take part in an event as part of National Careers Week and World Book Day. They had a carousel with several employers from CUP involved in: publishing departments, apprenticeships, law, finance, ICT and Educational Reform. After the carousel students were given a complex issue to deal with, and work as a team, to problem solve and come up with a solution. It provided an insight into some of the difficult situations some employers at CUP might face. The students involved did an excellent job presenting to groups from six other schools.
The drama department invites you to ‘QUESTIONS’, a montage of extracts from the Diary of Anne Frank, and NT Connections Play ‘Extremism’ by Anders Lustgarten, on the 2ND AND 3RD APRIL, at 7PM. The event lasts 70 minutes approximately. To reserve seats, email email@example.com, stating the date you wish to attend, and number of seats (there are 50 seats available per night). Donations you may wish to give for your ticket will be gratefully received on the door. The event involves students from Years 8 and 9 who have been attending drama club this term. At the start of the project, the students expressed a wish to perform a play which was challenging: to confront issues affecting the world around them. For this reason, the material selected has an age guidance: 13+ (‘Extremism’ involves strong language and incidents of a shocking nature). Whilst it is depressing to consider that the themes and content being presented hold a mirror up to past and present realities, it is hopeful and heartening that the students involved wish to tackle society’s problems, and create theatre that asks difficult questions. Do we all have a responsibility to answer them? If you believe so, please reserve your place!
As you may be aware, the ‘North East Cambridge Area Action Plan’ is currently the subject of a public consultation. In brief, the plan is to regenerate the area to the north of the city. The vision is to develop a sustainable, walkable neighbourhood as a mixed-use development. According to the plan documents, this would be a self-supporting neighbourhood, a place with a strong identity and with excellent neighbourhood facilities. The local press have reported that the development is likely to include some 5000 homes.
There are currently no plans to build an additional secondary school to accommodate the 11-16 year olds who will live in the new community. This will obviously put a lot of pressure on existing schools. We are therefore suggesting to the council that they should include plans for a new secondary school as part of the new development. You can find further details about the plan and submit your own comments at https://www.scambs.gov.uk/planning/local-plan-and-neighbourhood-planning/emerging-local-plans-and-guidance/north-east-cambridge-cambridge-northern-fringe-area-action-plan-issues-and-options-2019-consultation/
Emerging Local Plans and guidance. What new Area Action Plans (AAP) are being prepared? North East Cambridge (Cambridge Northern Fringe) Area Action Plan – Issues and Options 2019 Consultation
A reminder that the website is currently available at https://ccc.cambridgeshireeducationaltrust.org/
Chesterton Community College. Week Ending 8 th March 2019. The builders are continuing to progress well on their current areas of work – having finished the most of the preparatory works, paving is now starting to go down out at the very front of the school and we are hoping that this will be complete by the end of next week.
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