Week ending March 14th
- This week we had our first parents’ evening totally administered through an online booking system. Feedback from parents was incredibly positive and the evening ran very smoothly, so we will continue to use the system for future parents’ evenings. We will be sending out a survey monkey to get parental feedback to see if there are any further refinements to the system that we can make.
- Our bilingual students have been busy this week taking oral exams for GCSE qualifications. The number of languages which have been formally examined has been huge: Modern Hebrew; Dutch; Japanese; Russian; Polish; Cantonese; Arabic; Persian; Portugese; Mandarin; Bengali; French; Italian and Spanish. We wish our students every success and hope they will continue the Chesterton tradition of performing extremely well in these examinations.
- On Monday Neil Kelly took “The Ben Wilkinson Support Crew” to London for the regional finals of the student Investor Competition. Of the twenty teams taking part Chesterton’s was the only Year 9 team and all of the other teams were sixth formers studying A Level economics. Our team put in a very creditable effort and finished thirteenth. Mr Kelly is keen to enter again next year and see if Chesterton can win the all expenses’ paid trip to New York.
- On Tuesday this week the Bronze Sports’ Ambassadors, from our main feeder primary schools (Milton Road, Mayfield, Arbury and St Luke’s), came to Chesterton for the afternoon to work with Chesterton’s two Silver Sports’ Ambassadors: Maddie Gibbs, year 9, and Milo Chapman, year 8.The Ambassadors worked together to produce a school assembly presentation on The Tour De France. The intention now is that the primary student ambassadors will present the assembly back in their own schools, with the support of Maddie and Milo.
- Arrangements are under way for our sculpture garden, with artist in residence Melissa Murray. Melissa will be working on sculptures which also include a digital element, to reflect the e-learning which happens in school. She will be working with small groups of students who will be inspired by being able to see the artistic process in action. We hope the sculpture garden will become a space which local artists will want to hire to work in and so students will be able to work alongside practising artists. I will add more details in the blog as the project develops and there will also be images on Facebook.
- Our “Reading for Pleasure” project began this week with a balloon launch. One hundred and eighty blue balloons were launched into the atmosphere by our Y8 students, all with book reviews attached, with the hope that when they land they will inspire someone to read the book reviewed. There will be a number of “reading for pleasure” activities including a Manga workshop and a World Book Night reading event. Do look out for the events.
- I’ve enjoyed visiting the Y7 Humanities’ classes who have been displaying their pizza homework projects this week. The project was done for homework and students had to choose from a variety of humanities’ topics to create a complete pizza; different subjects metaphorically represented different aspects of the pizza. There were some remarkable outcomes with beautiful presentation and high levels of understanding of the subject content. For example the geography of Venice and the Renaissance were topics that students had researched. Later in the year there will be an exhibition for parents and I would highly recommend attending.
- We think we had a Chesterton first this week, with a member of our staff celebrating their eighteenth birthday. Sabina Begum, an ex-student who is now with us as an admin apprentice, celebrated her eighteenth birthday on Friday. Members of staff gathered in reception, at break on Friday, to surprise Sabina with a rendition of “Happy Birthday” and lots of presents. It was a lovely occasion and we hope she enjoys the rest of her celebrations. There are some lovely photos on our Facebook page.