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Works are continuing on the internal spaces of our new build this week with the floors continuing to be laid and the completion of the internal walls. It’s incredible how quickly the building has gone from a shell to something that looks and feels like the space we will be using within a few months. With all the skylights and roof complete you can really see how well lit the internal spaces are with lots of natural light in all the areas.
The SEN department continues to work with staff in the school to promote mental health and well-being. Ms Spielman will be delivering house assemblies in the run up to “Time to Talk” on 7th February. This is a national event specifically focusing on opening up and having conversations about mental health and breaking the stigma. Parents and carers will have received a parent mail this week sign posting mental health drop in sessions provided by Cambridgeshire County Council; these are bookable sessions led by professionals.
Miss Heggan will be leading a well-being session for the Year 11s as part of their revision day next week. Year 11s will be given the opportunity to look at different ways to cope with exam stress from bubble wrap to Google Expeditions!
Following a successful trial with Equiano House, the whole school will now be running a ‘Mindful Mondays’ programme. Every Monday morning, students will begin the day with a mindfulness session so that they can hit the ‘rest button’ ready for the week ahead. We hope that this will contribute to the wellbeing of our students for the foreseeable future!
On Tuesday 22nd January, some of our Year 10 students were lucky to have the opportunity to take part in a workshop run by local poet, Alice Willitts. As part of their GCSE studies students are expected to be analytically familiar with fifteen poems, one of which is the thought-provoking “Phrase Book” by Jo Shapcott. Via an innovative approach of: encouraging the students to write their own poetry using – the programming code behind a recent online news report, interweaved with Article 10 of The Human Rights Act, alongside their own words stimulated by a personal relationship – Alice opened up the students’ minds to new ways to approach Shapcott’s poem. She also provided a platform for them to engage with their own creative expression. Watch this space for some of the students’ work in a future blog following the second part of this work-shopping process!
Last week, twelve Year 8 and Year 9 girls went to Luton for the launch of the annual STEM Go4Set Project. This is a ten week project where students work as a team, having weekly meetings with their mentors from local IT company ARM. They have to invent a new product that would be beneficial in school and are expected to: design/develop the product; produce a presentation (to be given at the final in March); produce a display, a project document and a possible prototype. The students are very keen and have already started interviewing staff members to help them in their choice of project subject.
Over the last week we have welcomed 350 students from Year 2 and Year 4 from our feeder primaries for sport festivals at Chesterton. Our sports leaders from Years 8 and 9 did a fantastic job in engaging the students.
ESOL cafe English classes have started and there are still places available on daytime and evening classes from beginner to advanced. Contact Chesterton Sports Centre or Sarah Adams. www.esolcafe.co.uk
The GCSE Drama Company 2019 will be presenting 24 extracts of drama for their GCSE Scripted Performance Examinations on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th February, which begin at 6.30pm each evening and take place in the drama studio. These performances are different both nights, and include plays by Shakespeare, Wedekind, Pinter, Simon, Hare, Kane, as well as poetic text adapted from Ovid. Each Year 11 student will perform two extracts from a published play by one of these playwrights, as a monologue or duologue, or as part of a group scene. The Cohort are currently working extremely hard to make their pieces as strong as possible, drawing together everything they have learned about acting over the past few years at Chesterton. They will be going on a weekend’s drama retreat at Burwell House at the start of February, in order to refine and polish their work further, so that it is ready for production the following week. If you would like to support the students and see these performances, please email firstname.lastname@example.org in order to reserve seat(s). There is no charge to attend the performance, but please be sensitive to the fact that a visiting examiner will be present throughout. There is a limit of 50 seats per performance. The work promises to be a theatrical treat.
House competitions have resumed following the winter break and it is still a closely run competition. ‘Animal Charades’ and ‘Don’t Laugh’ proved to be some very entertaining activities with lots of points being won. Robinson still lead the way followed by Equiano, Hill, Fawcett, and Cavendish.’
The U/16 boys basketball team finished in 1st place in their conference division and have qualified for district finals. The team scored over 200 baskets during their 5 competitive fixtures – an outstanding scoring rate which we hope will continue. They have been coached by professional basketball coach, Matt Harber, who have really added lots of qualities to their game!
On Wednesday 30th January year 11 will take part in a Revision Conference. During the course of the day students will take part in a variety of sessions covering all aspects of revision including those centred around well being, motivation and how to revise effectively. A conference lunch will be provided for all students on the day and everyone will be given a revision goody bag with resources to take home.
A reminder that the website is currently available at http://ccc.cambridgeshireeducationaltrust.org/
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