Week ending February 27th
▪ We were delighted this week to welcome Tim Coulson, The Regional Schools’ Commissioner for the East of England and North-East London. He is responsible for making decisions about academies and free schools and is the direct link between schools and the Department for Education. I was delighted to be able to take him on a tour of the school which lasted for an hour. Tim commented on the impressive atmosphere in the school: remarking on the engagement of students, the quality of teaching and learning and the positive attitudes of staff and students.
▪ We have lots of great sporting news for you this week:
▪ More than sixty students experienced elite sport at the Olympic park this week, as Chesterton travelled to the Copper Box Arena to watch the Basketball League Trophy Final. Great fun was had by all – topped off by the fact that two students and staff were invited on to the court at half time for a shooting challenge in front of thousands of spectators! I believe there is rare footage of this encounter which may make it on to the Facebook page.
▪ Rory Haughan (Year 11) will represent the U17 national team in the Korfball world cup – soon to take place in the Netherlands.
▪ Ellen Goode (Year 10) has qualified for the regional rowing trials. The trials take place in Peterborough next month – we wish her good luck!
▪ The college football and netball seasons started this week. We’re pleased to report that in excess of 150 students have already been actively involved. The seasons opened well with our first fixtures against a local school on Wednesday; of the 11 games played, Chesterton won or drew 9 of them. Parents are very welcome to attend!
▪ The following year 11 students will receive the prestigious ‘Roy Burrell Award’ next week. The award is presented at an exclusive event which is similar to the BBC sports’ personality of the year awards. The award recognises achievement by Year 11 students across all twenty of the Cambridge district schools. This year the presentations will be made by an Olympian and the mayor.
▪ The awards for Chesterton students are as follows: Charlie Dodd – Rugby; Alice Kindell – Duathlon and triathlon; Rory Haughan – Korfball; Amber Parsons – Hockey; Harrison Clough – Rugby; Chaya Crowe – Dance; Daniel Poole – Football; Edie Phillimore – Real Tennis; Alex Milward – Football; Tom Bramwell – Sailing; Josh Hart – Badminton; Mlu Mbambo – Rugby; Luca Martinelli – Judo; Jordan Wood – Athletics.
▪ This Tuesday we were delighted to welcome twenty-seven Year 6 pupils from Milton Road Primary School to begin their 10 week Level 6 English course with teachers from our English Department. The pupils took part in an hour long lesson and will return each Tuesday for the next 9 weeks. The lessons are also being filmed as part of a professional development activity involving teachers from Milton Road and Chesterton.
▪ On Wednesday and Thursday thirty Year 6 pupils from a variety of primary schools in the city attended either a Level 6 Maths or Level 6 English after school workshop with teachers from our Maths and English Departments. The pupils will attend Chesterton every Wednesday/Thursday after school between now and the SATs test in May. The sessions are focused on helping students prepare for the advanced papers which are known for their challenge. This is just the beginning of our workshop / masterclass programme for Year 5 and Year 6 students. Please do look out for ParentMails and advertising in the press.
▪ The winners of ‘Chesterton’s Got Talent’, Solla Sollew, a Year 9 drama group of six students performed ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ at Mayfield Primary School. The children of Years 2,3,4 and 5, great fans of Dr Seuss, loved it! The group will be touring other primary schools in the very near future.
▪ Jed Upjohn in Y9 joined “The Cambridge Clueless Orchestra” to raise money for Medicins Sans Frontieres. “The Cambridge Clueless Orchestra” is formed (mainly) of local musicians who took up a new instrument and took grade one within two months in 2011. This became known as “The Cambridge Grade One A Thon” (Cambridge GOAT). A GOAT reunion was held recently and a hundred local musicians set out to play. Jed was invited by the organisers to play the timpani, to support the in-experenced (adult) timp player in the “Brassed Off Section” and also in the full orchestra. He was the only child taking part. The total amount raised for MSF so far, through sponsorship and ticket sales, is over £23,500. Jed was immensely proud to have been asked to take part and to be raising money for MSF which does remarkable humanitarian work in the most appalling situations. Currently they have major missions in Syria and in areas affected by Ebola.
▪ We pass on our congratulations to Kimberley and Madison Dörrzapf who have obtained distinction in their Ballet Grade 5 and Modern Grade 4 exams from the Royal Academy of Dance. Well done!
▪ Thank you to everyone who has offered their services to help support with our potential build. This will be a multi-million pound development and so is integral to the future of the school; any support is incredibly well-received. We will be holding a Parent Forum on March 24th at 7pm to share the initial concept.
▪ Please note tickets are now on sale for the PTA Quiz on March 6th. Be quick if you wish to buy tickets for this incredibly popular event.
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott