Week ending 10th June
- On the last day before half-term we had our Year 11 Leaver’s Picnic. In beautiful sunshine we marked the end of the time our Year 11s have spent here at Chesterton, with a few short speeches, signing of shirts, picnic hampers and cake. It was a lovely event, with students and staff not keen for the picnic to end!
- The Thursday before half term saw the great efforts of all our Year 11 art and photography students celebrated with the annual GCSE exhibition. The evening was the culmination of a busy period of sketchbook preparation, a 10 hour exam and the daunting marking and moderation period. All of this went extremely well and the evening was a great success. It was well attended by students, family and friends who all enjoyed exploring the wonderful and varied work on display. Visitors commented on how professional the exhibition looked and how it was clear that students had really been able to explore their own ideas independently. We also gave out six Chesterton display awards. Lydia Stonehouse, Louisa Hall, Ben Brown, Mille Beere, Jasmine Ash and Rhiannon Laslett received the honour of having their work chosen to be displayed permanently in school.
- A dozen students from Years 9 and 10 will be performing as part of the Junction’s Fusion Theatre Festival, a one-day national platform in which young and emerging artists work alongside professional companies to present new and experimental developments in dance and drama. Chesterton’s performance is entitled ‘Random Clutter’ and has been devised by the ensemble with direction by Josh Bailey. It explores the way seemingly random objects start to take on meaning in our lives at unexpected moments, becoming symbolic of relationships and evoking nostalgic feeling. The Fusion Creators have commented on the “outstanding level” of these students’ skills and approach. The 15 minute performance will take place on Saturday 18th June at 10.20am in J2. More information about tickets and other Fusion events can be found on the link: http://www.fusiontheatrefestival.com/
- This week two African Drumming specialists visited, along with all of the music trainee teachers from Cambridge University, to do a workshop with a group of Year 9 students. This is a great link with the Faculty of Education and the event was hugely enjoyable for everyone involved.
- Our Jazz Band are performing at Witcham Music Festival on Friday evening. They are sharing the stage with another more senior band ‘Delta Rhythm’. Anyone in the Witcham area is welcome to attend. The venue is the White Horse Pub on Silver Street and the concert starts at 7.30pm.
- Mr Dobson, science and computing teacher, has been taking his new hobby of photography using a microscope to several interesting places. There is currently a collaboration between Rebecca Gardner, from our Art department, and Mr Dobson to bring microphotography to students. A bargain microscope was purchased via eBay which the two are looking to incorporate into future photography lessons. Mr Dobson’s photos also sometimes feature as starters in Ms Gardner’s lessons. Some of these images will be displayed in the science department in the near future. Mr Dobson is also developing as an artist in his own right and has two exhibitions showing his photographs. The first will be at Fulbourn Manor, Fulbourn, Cambridge CB21 5RJ on Saturday 23rd July. The second will be at Addenbrookes sometime next year. You can see some of Mr Dobson’s artwork at his new website: http://www.themicroscopeman.com/
- Students received a visit from John Willis this week, as part of their preparation for sports day. John was born without fully formed arms and legs. In 2016 he has been taking part in all 34 Olympic and Paralympic sports to raise money forPower2Inspire, the charity he started where disabled and non-disabled people get the chance to participate in inclusive sports together. This year we are supporting John by organising a sponsored ‘Inclusive Kilometre’ as part of our Sports’ Day on Friday 17th June. Please help us out by encouraging your son/daughter to collect as many sponsors as possible! Further details are on our Facebook page.
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott