Week Ending 28th June
This week we have been moving into our new spaces, in preparation for full occupation of our new facilities next week. It is incredibly exciting and the new areas are beautiful. Work will continue with the re-purposing of the old kitchen and Rex Freeman Hall.
It’s About You
“It’s about YOU” has been running for two weeks. We have some incredible sessions planned for the rest of the term; details regarding these have been sent through Parentmail earlier in the week. The sessions include open discussions on anxiety: what it is and coping strategies to support. We also have external visitors running mindfulness sessions to encourage students to focus on breathing and being in the moment; these will involve yoga and a mindfulness talking walk. Please do continue to encourage your child to come along, if you would like more information then please contact Mrs Butler.
Over the next three weeks, we will be spending our tutor time PSHE sessions focusing on healthy living. Students will have the chance to explore how media misrepresentation impacts our understanding of a healthy lifestyle; how our physical health relates to our mental health; and ways to achieve and promote a healthy lifestyle balance.
The Year 8 French exchange has returned from a fantastic visit to Uzès and Provence. Students have particularly appreciated Avignon, the ‘Palais des Papes’ and the ‘Pont du Gard’. The weather was very hot and everyone enjoyed relaxing in swimming pools or the Mediterranean Sea. Many students are planning on keeping in touch with their French exchange partner and have made fantastic progress in French. Mrs Heaney and Madame Tek have already started planning next year’s exchange which will be offered to current year 7 in the autumn term.
Library Chess Tournament
This week saw the final of the Chesterton Summer Chess Tournament in the library. Izzy (Yr 7) and Dan (Yr8) were our finalists and high class chess was played. Huge congratulations to Dan who finally triumphed! Thanks to all students who took part so enthusiastically.
A huge congratulations to all of those students who have reached level three of the reward system. Students who have reached this level have been invited to attend a cinema evening at school on Tuesday 2nd July. The evening is our way of saying a huge well done to students for their continued hard work and dedication throughout the year. The evening will be running in the Rex Freeman Hall with a showing of the 1995 classic ‘Jumanji’. We hope all those attending have a really enjoyable evening: you deserve it!
Tickets are now on sale for Chesterton Youth Theatre’s upcoming performance: THE ISLAND. This double-bill of plays is to be performed by 40 students from Years 7 – 10, on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17thJuly 2019, in the Wynn Williams Garden at Chesterton Community College. The performance will start at7pm 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. It is advisable to book well in advance; only 100 seats are available for each performance.
Last Night of the Proms
Just a reminder that next Thursday, 4th July at 6.30pm, will see our informal ‘Last Night of the Proms’ music concert in the Wynn Williams Garden at school. Please do reserve a free ticket on ParentMail so we have an idea of numbers. You are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy a taste of what our music groups have worked on during this busy term.
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott