Week ending 24th March
- Twenty-one Year 8 and Year9 students travelled to Luton this week, to the company Selex, who were hosting this year’s Go4Set final competition. The Go4Set competition is organised by a company called EDT to help stimulate interest in STEM subjects. The project was launched ten weeks ago, here in Cambridge, at ARM HQ, when the outline for the project was delivered and the teams formed. Chesterton entered four teams this year, two more than last year. Each team had an industry mentor, all of whom were from Qualcomm a technology company based here in Cambridge. The mentors came into school every week for ten weeks and coached the teams to invent and develop a “new idea” which would be useful in an educational environment. In addition, they had to produce a report on technology 50 years ago, the inception and development process of their idea and a ten minute presentation (which they delivered to three assessors from industry). All of the teams set up their stalls in the atrium at Selex and their projects were assessed by, not only the assessors, but the employees of Selex and all of the other participating students. At the end of the day, three prizes were announced: Best Overall Project; Most Innovative Project and The Students’ Choice (they could vote for their favourite, but not for their own). Chesterton left with two of the prizes: the Most Innovative Project (which they won last year) and The Students’ Choice. One of the winners, Charlotte Brown of Year 9, said to Mr Kelly: “Thank you for organising and helping us throughout the project! Well done to the other Chesterton team who won too. Today was great, everyone should be proud of their projects and proud to be from Chesterton.”
- Alex Wilkinson (Year9) participated in the UK Maths Olympiad; to participate he had to have finished in the top 0.2% of Year 9 students in the country. Well done to Alex. Additionally, four Year 10s and two Year 9s sat the “Kangaroo” round of the UK Maths Challenge, putting them in the top 1% of students in the country in their respective year groups.
- On Wednesday, two year 9 and two year 8 students visited the Centre for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge for the regional final of the UKMT Intermediate Team Challenge. This was the first time in many years that we have entered this competition and the students finished in the top three quarters of those participating.
- In the run up to Easter staff and students have been nominating ‘good eggs’; members of our school community who have gone above and beyond. Over 120 ‘good eggs’ were nominated for reasons such as: perseverance in tough times, going out of the way to help someone, being a good listener, taking time to cheer someone up when needed, inspiring others and many more. All of our nominated ‘good eggs’ received an Easter treat.
- Year 7 Wicked Wednesday this week focused on traffic hazards in our local area. Students took a walking tour of the streets immediately around the school and identified lots of traffic hazards. They then planned new street layouts and traffic management schemes to help improve road safety. We will be sending photographs of some of these plans to our local councillors.
- The library reading group began the shadowing for the C.I.L.I.P Carnegie Medal this week. Students from all over the country and international schools overseas will be taking part, shadowing the eight shortlisted books for this most prestigious children’s book award. The C.I.L.I.P. judging panel are looking for life changing books, books which provide the reader with lifelong impact and our students are really looking forward to choosing their own winning title over the next few weeks.
- A group of budding Y9 scientists travelled to Birmingham’s NEC for the annual Big Bang Science Festival. The students had a great time visiting the many hands-on activities provided by more than fifty employers in the science sector.
- On Tuesday we welcomed Dr Tim Weil from Cambridge University’s Zoology department, who came to speak to Y7 students, as part of National Science Week, on the beginning of life. Students enjoyed comparing pictures of different animal embryos and learning more about cell division. On Wednesday we also welcomed Prof John Richer from the Physics department at the university who spoke to Y9 students on ‘The Birth of Stars’.
- StemNet organised Science Careers’ Day. The day was a great success with twelve Year 9 and thirteen Year 10 students attending the day at Murray Edward’s College (formally New Hall).The day was split into five events. Students had three minutes to speed network with around 25 local scientists and engineers. There was a talk by Professor Paul Curzon, of Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London, on artificial intelligence. This talk involved students modelling a neural network and a discussion of the very recent breakthrough with AlphaGo defeating world leading professional Go player Lee Sedol. The Institute of Physics had an excellent scenario where students had to apply their physics knowledge to the planning of a pop concert by talking the roles as sound and lighting engineers. Students were also able to meet local science companies in the exhibition section, where students talked to various science and engineering employers ranging from Astra Zenica to the Botanical Gardens. The day ended with an astronomy talk by the Institute of Physics.
- On Wednesday morning our English as Additional Language Specialist, Rosaria Maffei, ran a training session organised jointly with the Subject Lecturer for the PGCE in Latin, Steven Hunt. There were 17 PGCE trainee teachers attending from the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge. The session aimed to inform the trainee teachers about the experiences of school students with EAL and what they face in the first stages of learning English. The central focus of this training was to provide information about essential strategies for supporting these students with their learning. We are very excited to have had the opportunity to share our innovative vision for EAL teaching with future practitioners.
- This week we were delighted to host Professor Deborah Eyre, a leading educational writer and influencer if the area of high performance for schools. She is also an academic and former Director at the UK National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth. Deborah was taken on a tour of the school and was very impressed with the teaching and learning she saw; she has invited us to work with her as one of her high performing schools and we will be hosting a conference in the summer about high performance learning.
- The korfball Tigers club under-14 team came 3rd nationally (U14 National League), and 1st in Cambridgeshire. It has many Chesterton students in it:Hana Bierman (year 9)
Rebecca Bretell (9)
Anne-Marie Federle (9)
Paul Boughton (8)
Dan Kroese (8)
Emily Howland (8)
Sidney Gillet (8) Arthur Poole (8)
Felix Werdmuller (8)
Ruby Defries (7)
Gracie Lewis (7)
Jonny Potter (7) Sarah Roberts (7)
Molly Rodgers (7) Joseph Rodgers (7) Tom Barber
- On Wednesday 23rd March 2016, Jack Phipps, Sonja Nashchelina and Jordan Walker headed over to Impington Village college to complete a morning of sports leadership with the primary school students from the surrounding area. The sports leaders were excellent, they were well organised, motivating and engaging. The students helped out at the following stations… boccia, new age kurling, poly bat and table cricket.
- It just remains for me to wish everyone a restful and enjoyable holiday.
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott