Week ending 6th January
- The IT department has produced some excellent instructional video resources to help parents use Edmodo and the parents’ evening booking system. Instructions for using these information channels for parents are available via the Links tab on the college website. The accompanying instructional videos were produced in response to some excellent suggestions from parents who requested extra help with these things. If parents or students have suggestions for improving what we do, any of the senior team would be delighted to hear from you as we value your input and aim to be as responsive as we can.
- I60 parents and students were entertained by 35 members of staff and students at the first ever PTA Burns Night, with a fusion twist, on Friday 30 January. The Parent Teacher Association raised over £1000 at the supper and ceilidh in honour of the bard. Events like this epitomise the community ethos of the school, with parents, students and staff collaborating together to create brilliant entertainment and an atmosphere of fun.
- The Heads of Music, Drama and PE, in partnership with other educational providers, have submitted bids of over £55,000 to a variety of grant awarding bodies so far this academic year. If we are successful in our applications, the grants from the Cambridgeshire Music Partnership, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Sport England and Cambridge County Council will greatly enhance the curriculum in the college. Fingers crossed!
- Last Friday, 39 Year 9s were lucky enough to attend the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse’s showing of ‘Life is Beautiful’.This was shown as part of the cinema’s programme of events for Holocaust Memorial Day. Afterwards we were given a talk by Dr Sean Lang about the various ways in which we can remember the Holocaust through film. During the question and answer session that followed, it was fantastic to see so many Chesterton students making excellent points and engaging in high level discussion with adult members of the public. They displayed sensitivity and great maturity when considering whether it is appropriate to make a tragi-comedy about the terrible events of the Holocaust. All the teachers were very proud!
- We have entered two teams of six students (one year 8 and one year 9 team)into the Go4Set STEM project. They will develop an idea and (hopefully) produce a working creation or alternatively produce a concept that could be developed. They will meet every week with a mentor from local small business ARM, who will coach them in thinking up and developing their ideas. This development work will lead to a presentation before three captains of industry in Luton at the end of March. There are twenty schools involved in the project and this is the first time Chesterton CC has participated. The students are very excited about the project and we wish them well.
- Year 10 student, Ben Wilkinson, will be starting his “Systems Administrators’ Club” to run after school on Thursdays, for anyone wanting to learn how to fix, upgrade, maintain and generally engage with computers. Chesterton is proud to have so many great extra-curricular clubs run by teachers and it is great to see students inspired to lead clubs as well.
- Similarly, Year 10 students, Rutger, Louis, Mary, Josh, Tolu and Emily, will be starting Sonic Pi club during Thursday lunchtimes. The club will be for any student who wants to learn to make electronic music through a Raspberry Pi or using the Sonic Pi software on a PC or Mac.
- This week we had the UK Maths Challenge for Year 9 and 10. 120 of our brightest and best mathematicians completed the one hour test today. They are a small part of the 250,000 students who participate in this annual event.
- We currently have nineteen Stimulus Students from Cambridge University coming into school, during lesson times and after school, to tutor 73 Year 10 and Year 11 students in Mathematics. This is by far and away the largest group of Stimulus students we’ve ever had and the largest number of Chesterton students who have signed up: feedback is very positive from both groups.
- The new school newspaper was issued on Thursday. A parentmail will go out next week with a link to the new edition. Printed copies are available from Reception. It is always a riveting read!
- This Friday we held a non-uniform day to raise money for the house charities. The house system is now firmly embedded in the life of the school and it is great to see students involved in charitable events.
- After half-term we hope to have completed our complete redecoration of the site. It has been a challenging task and relied on staff and students vacating rooms, so our super-efficient decorating team can revamp the rooms. Our intention was to provide a truly 21st century environment and one which students can feel proud to be using.
- Next Tuesday at 7.30pm, in the library, there will be a PTA meeting. Please feel free to come along and meet other parents and members of staff. There will be a short presentation about the school’s work on developing resilience, from Assistant Head Steve Erickson.
- Basketball newsGirls from year 7 & 8 experienced their first basketball match this week. Three teams travelled to another local school, and were excited to return to Chesterton having played really well…….. the fact that they also won was a bonus! The year 9 boys basketball team has just qualified to represent Cambridgeshire, in the national basketball cup competition – watch this space! More than 70 basketball fans from Chesterton are looking forward to visiting the Copper Box Arena on the Olympic Park. This college trip has been organised so that students can experience elite sport, first hand – the national basketball cup final 2015
- Indoor rowing competitionThe annual Cambridge indoor rowing competition took place this week. With a number of schools taking part in the interactive competition, there were some exceptional individual performances from Chesterton students – congratulations to the following:
Year 7 – Charlie Knott – 2nd
Year 8 – Oliver Montes – 1st
Year 9 – James Richer – 2nd