On Thursday, Chesterton students from years 10 and 11 won a fantastic competition at Cambridge University Press as part of World Book Day. The 8 students: Jose Cavaliere, Miriam Follmann, Hanna Fredrikkson, Mandy Lei, Shannon Lei, Elifsu Mercan, Jenny Son and Ben Wilkinson were set the challenge of creating a storyboard for a short film, based on an extract from the classic novel “Frankenstein”. Supported by a mentor, the pupils created a seven minute presentation to deliver in front of tough competition in the form of five other secondary schools from around Cambridgeshire. They were asked to consider camera shots, location, sound, editing and marketing costs and then judged by a panel of four experts. The amazing prize will result in their carefully planned film being produced and published on the Press’ website. They also received a £100 book voucher for the school to spend. Pupils were visited by MP Julian Huppert and the Chief Executive of CUP, Peter Phillips, to chat about their day. It was a very rewarding experience for all involved!
As part of our celebrations for World Book Day our international students have contributed a selection of summaries of classics books from their countries. The books range from children’s stories, to poetry, to literary classics. They are currently on display in the library and they illustrate the variety of nationalities present in our school. The students have carefully selected the books and each of their choices provides an insight into their cultures.
World Book Day in school also saw lots of staff and students dressing up as a character from a book or a film; always fun to see. There was also the Readathon Challenge; a book quiz; opportunities to be entered into a raffle if you were “caught” reading. In addition for students, there were also lots of activities in our ever busy library: a film show, a quiz and some craft activities too. We will also be having a couple of ‘retro days’ during Readathon, when the library will be a reading venue only at lunchtime break. Students who use the library on these special dayswill be treated to juice and biscuits whilst they read.
The Year 6 English workshops have been lots of fun so far. Students from several of our feeder primary schools have been working together to challenge themselves and develop their reading and writing skills after school. This has been led by Lettie Buxton-Witt.
Similarly in Maths, Level 6 mathematicians from our feeder primary schools have been working with James Quarrington who has taken an overview of the last few years’ SATs papers and highlighted key topics that occur each year. Each week is dedicated to a different topic and includes lots of practical investigations to get the students thinking outside the box! This week included: Kenken’s, Sudoku and prime numbers.
Our science department’s excellent links to the community have ensured that a number of our Y11 students have secured tickets to the public lecture being given as part of the “Big Maths Conference” being held at the University over the Easter holidays. The half hour lectures are being given by Professor Stephen Hawking on ‘Quantum Black Holes’ and by Professor Michael Green (of string theory fame) on ‘The Pointless Universe’. Well done to Dr Timney for securing those tickets for students!
“The Pan Jam” meeting, which attracts steel pan players from across Cambridgeshire, will be held at Chesterton this Saturday. If you live close by be prepared for the ringing sounds of the pans, as the Cambridge University Steel Pan Society are holding a big event which involves inviting other local pan groups to join together, to have a day of tutoring from a guest tutor, play with each other and end with a final concert.
A few dates for diaries for next week, there will be a PTA meeting on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the library and a Y10 Parents’ Evening on Thursday from 4.30pm. We will be delighted to see you at both.
Also do be aware that the online booking for the Y11 Easter Revision sessions is now in place and you can reserve a place for your child to attend a range of helpful revision sessions which will support exam preparation.