Week Ending 3rd May

With just three weeks remaining until the builders hand us the keys to our new building, it might look like a lot of work still has to be done, however, they really are just finishing off now. The fixed benching is currently being installed in the relevant rooms and suspended ceilings are going in throughout the building. The team are also starting to finish off the last areas of the external courtyards as well.

Students who have participated in any extra-curricular music groups or concerts this year are invited to attend a day trip to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London in July. This promises to be an exciting trip and places are filling rapidly. Any interested students should sign up via the link on Edmodo/Daily Notices or see Dr Hutchinson or Miss Wilson for further information. Next Tuesday, 7th May, will see the final teatime concert for this academic year. All students are welcome to sign up to play or sing in the concert on their own or in a small group. They should see Mr Sparey in the music department or just sign up on the sheet on the door to M1. The concert will start at 3.45pm in M1 and families and friends are very welcome to come and watch to support the performers. Chesterton Singers are thrilled to have been asked to provide the children’s chorus for a special performance of the Pelicantata, a piece of music based upon Roald Dahl’s “Giraffe, the Pelly and Me”, with the Cambridge Philharmonic, Sawston Village College and celebrity guest narrator Tony Robinson. They will be giving two performances on Sunday 19th May at West Road Concert Hall and the link to purchase tickets is here https://www.cambridgelive.org.uk/tickets/events/cambridge-philharmonic-pelicantata should you wish to support the students.

Over 80 students enjoyed a wonderful book talk in the Library from local author Bex Hogan earlier this week. Bex’s book “Viper” has just been launched and is receiving fantastic reviews. Bex shared her writing story and talked students through the process of producing a book from pen to print. She was highly impressed with our students and especially amazed to see how many were keen writers themselves. Heffers kindly supported the event with book sales and copies of this book are now available in the library for all to read.

We are looking forward to the annual Year 11 GCSE art and Photography exhibition. It will be taking place on Thursday 23rd May in the APEX, 6-8pm, refreshments will be available and all are welcome. Please do come along and celebrate the achievements of our talented students.

With the new build nearing completion, we are exploring ways of increasing the profile and identity of each of our houses. As part of this, we have launched a competition to design new house logos. The winning designers will win a place on the end of year reward trip! The deadline for this is May half term; please see your head of house for more information.

The Chartered College of Teaching’s film crew spent Thursday and Friday at Chesterton this week. They filmed lessons to showcase a variety of teaching and learning techniques. The videos will be used with recently qualified teachers as part of the government’s package of support to encourage them to remain in the profession. Thank you to all of the teachers and students who took part in this project.

Street Child Cricket World Cup. All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 were involved in an assembly last week, which advertised the Street Child Cricket World Cup taking place this weekend on Parker’s Piece. The students have been encouraged to watch the World Cup matches and be involved in the guaranteed carnival atmosphere. The assembly also raised awareness of the underlying issues of street children and homelessness around the world and on our own doorstep.

Netball success! Congratulations to the Year 8 netball team which performed brilliantly at the recent district school tournament. The team was unbeaten in all but one match and therefore finished as runners up

Staff v student basketball It’s ‘all square’ in the Staff v Year 11 sports matches this year. After the staff success in the annual football match last term, it was the students who showed the staff how to play basketball this week; students performed convincingly to win 44-25.

School athletics record broken! Congratulations to Immy, who has broken a longstanding Year 7 school athletics record for the 800m. As it is so early in the athletics season, we’re quite sure that the record will be beaten again before the end of the summer!

Soapbox Enterprise Education for Year 9 –
Year 9 had a fantastic opportunity Wednesday 1st May to plan, create, market and advertise soap with Innovative Enterprise. Students had to create their own theme for the soap and figure out who their target audience was. Lots of teams came up with clever slogans and soap names marketing at a vast range of audiences from children, people interested in gardening, busy people in business to parents who just need to relax! They had variety of sents lavender, ceaderwood and camomile to choose to enthuse their soap with and created into a variety of shapes stars, butterflies, cupcakes, footballs, Lego, characters from books and films. Students worked hard to produce soaps and some I would expect to see in craft fairs and of exceptional quality. Each group decided on a winning team who had to present to the whole of Year 9. The winning team’s soap was a polar themed soap called ‘Artic Splash’ with polar bears. I am glad I didn’t have to choose as it would have been a very difficult decision. On the whole students were very engaged with the challenge and had a great day.

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

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