Week Ending 8th December
- This week we hosted our High Performance Learning event, for schools nationally. Our guest speaker was Professor Deborah Eyre who established the HPL approach which we have been trialling with some teaching groups. The focus of HPL is on growth mind-set and creating the correct environment for all students to reach their potential. A number of teachers at Chesterton have been trialling a variety of HPL approaches with considerable success; they were able to share these approaches at our conference.
- On our last day of term, Fri 15th December, we will be holding a festive fair with stalls and games including a festive photo booth, last minute gift stall, chocolate tombola, treasure hunt, cake stall and much more. Students will have the opportunity to visit the fair during the course of the morning and may wish to bring a small amount of money to spend at the fair. All proceeds will go to the school PTA.
- The National Citizenship Project (NCS) is being launched to Year 11 students this week. Leaders are coming to take an assembly and be around at break to answer any questions students may have about the summer-holiday project. Parents have been sent information via Parentmail. For further details visit: www.learnbydesign.co.uk/ncs-school-link-east-ea1/ (Contact Miss Palmer)
- 180 Year 4 students visited us for a dance festival. As always, our Year 9 sport leaders did a fantastic job in ensuring they all had a great time!
- The St Johns’ Carol Service was a delightful event as usual, with some superb instrumental performances in an inspirational venue. We would like to thank St Johns for hosting us.
- On Monday we are all looking forward to the DNA performance. The 90 minute production, which begins at 6pm and then again at 8pm, is hoping to take Chesterton Youth Theatre to new dramatic heights, in more ways than one! This promenade version of Kelly’s 2008 cult play, which is now part of syllabuses for both GCSE drama and English, moves through 9 spaces at the College, and aims to manipulate the role of the audience in a way which is mimetic of this theme in the text, and of its funny, cloying, cut-throat characters. The plot revolves around a gang of delinquent teenagers, who become “heroes” as a result of the disappearance of their bullied “mate”, Amy. Its twists and mysteries are both unnervingly gripping and darkly comic. Audience members should wear warm coats and comfy shoes, and should be warned that this piece of theatre is not for the fainthearted!
- Next week we will be holding our Year 11 mock results’ day. We always find this a great opportunity to celebrate the hard work of our Year 11 students and also to help them visualize the next steps for achieving their full potential.
- ESOL news: Christmas lunch – Friday December 15th at 12.30. Parents welcome – please contact Sarah Adams, on her Chesterton email address and free English lessons and information day for ESOL café on Friday 12th January 2018 9.30am.
- Varsity Rugby Match 2017 Nearly 50 students from Chesterton had a fantastic day out at the annual Cambridge v Oxford varsity rugby match. This event attracts a huge amount of local interest, and is now broadcast live on Sky TV! Our students experienced the wonderful atmosphere at the Twickenham stadium, and also a well-deserved Cambridge win for the women (24-0) and men (20-10).
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott