Week Ending 26th April

As we returned from our Easter break this week we were able to see the hard work achieved by the builders over the holiday period. Our Sports Centre car park has now been fully resurfaced and relined, with just some minor areas requiring finishing over the coming months. The builders are now still finishing off the air ventilation systems to the rooms from the old building which join onto the new building, with much of this work already complete and up and running and the remainder to be completed this week. We can also see the main new building and the new reception building nearing their completion as the team are finishing off the internal fittings and decorations in order to deliver them to us in four weeks’ time.

On Wednesday 10th April eighteen students from Years 8 and 9, accompanied by three members of staff, travelled to Beijing to take part in the return leg of our Chinese cultural exchange programme. After many hours travelling, students and staff were warmly welcomed by Yuyuantan Middle School students, staff and parents. Chesterton students stayed for the week in the homes of their partners: experiencing everyday life in a typical Chinese home; eating foods they had never encountered before; and seeing daily life from a Chinese teenage perspective. Whilst visiting the school students took part in various lessons including PE, calligraphy, silk painting and learning the art of Chinese paper cuts. Students learnt about the Chinese Education system and were surprised at how different it is to ours in the UK. Highlights of the week for everyone were the visit to the Great Wall of China and seeing pandas at Beijing Zoo. Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Askham and Ms. Bigglestone would like to say how proud they were of all the students; particularly for their behaviour, resilience and for their performances on the final day when asked to put on a variety show. We look forward to our visits again in 2020. If you would like your child to take part in this exchange programme, which is open to students in Years 8 and 9, please watch out for details to be sent later in this term.

Drama students from Chesterton took part in a music theatre workshop at the end of last term, run by professionals and subsidized by the Arts Council. It was based on a touring production entitled ‘Fanny and Stella’, which has been performed at the Junction, and explores Victorian identity. It was inspiring to see students from years 8 – 11 working confidently alongside former students of the college, who came back to enjoy improvising together and keep connected! The company who performed ‘Questions’ at the end of last term received superlative feedback from the audience, many of whom wrote to say how moving and stimulating they found the production of ‘Extremism’, juxtaposed with extracts from Anne Frank’s diary and John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’. The cast from Year 8 and 9 should feel extremely proud of themselves for producing such thought-provoking and politically conscious creative work on stage. Auditions for a Year 7 production of ‘The Tempest’ are coming up on Monday 29th April 3.15 – 5.15pm. Ms Marston is directing this hour-long version of Shakespeare’s magical tragicomedy, and she hopes to see new acting talent emerge. Year 7 performances in drama lessons have been so impressive this year and this is a long-awaited chance for keen students to take their skills to the next level. Being in this outdoor, innovative production offers every student from the cohort, who wishes to take part and is prepared to give extra-curricular commitment, a wonderful opportunity to act in front of a wider audience, and to develop as a confident and passionate team-player! More information about the auditions can be found on Edmodo. If you wish to sign up, or you have any further questions, please email smarston@chesterton.cambs.sch.uk

Cambridge Arts Theatre’s outreach programme generously donated enough free tickets for Headlong’s Richard III to enable 26 Year 8 and Year 9 Culture Vultures, and another 20 Year 10s and Year 11s, to see live theatre. This is part of an ongoing joint effort to engage young theatre-goers. Our prize-winners of a Culture Vulture letter-writing competition also get to see Fame next week.

Since November 2018, five of our Year 10 Computer Science GCSE students (Adam, Ali-Reza, Tingkang, Projeet and Theo) have been building and programming a fully autonomous robot as part of a competition, RoboCon, organised by Hills Road Sixth Form College. Over the Easter break the team were pitted against fifteen other teams, from around the South of England, and came a very respectable second: winning yet another Computing trophy for the school this year. Starting with a very basic kit, supplied by Hills Road, the boys sourced all of the materials themselves to build the robot. The team is very grateful to the PTA for helping to fund their endeavours and giving them the opportunity to participate and achieve at such a high level, in their first year in the competition. The students are very keen to participate next year with the sole intention of winning.

Every year Chesterton Community College enters teams into the FXP Weekend Game making coding competition (and generally come away with several of the prizes). This year FXP have teamed up with ARM to run an additional competition on Global sustainability, where students had to design an APP. Having attended the launch, several of our students entered designs, which they had completed in their own time. Two received commendations and one student, Luca (Year 10) won the star prize of a week’s work experience at ARM in July. The judges said “Great research, has shown he really understands the problem. Good concept where there is a real need.” Well done Luca.

The FXP Game Making weekend is the first weekend in July this year. Contact Mr Kelly if you would like to compete. Great prizes to be won. For more information Google “FXP Festival 2019”

ESOL free lesson day: Friday May 3rd 9.30am Chesterton Community College, Cadet Hut. Contact Sarah Adams Sadams@chesterton.cambs.sch.uk Www.esolcafe.co.uk

On the last day of the spring term, staff took part in a highly competitive Easter Egg Hunt. Thanks to all who got involved and helped to make it a very egg-citing morning!

For the next three weeks, students will be spending the form time PSHE sessions working on the topic, ‘Equality and Opportunity’. Students will consider: how equality, and indeed the lack of it, impacts their daily lives and the lives of others; discuss the role of class in modern society; explore existing barriers to equality; and what individuals and governments can do to overcome these.

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

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