Week ending 12th June

  • We were delighted to welcome a hundred and eighty Year 1 pupils from Arbury, Mayfield and Milton Road primary schools, this week, to our “Y1 Multi-skills Festival” organised by Sandra King, our SSCO, and supervised by a group of our twenty-six sports’ leaders from Year 7. A teacher from Arbury Primary School said: “The Chesterton Multi-skills Festival was a great experience for our Year 1 children. All fifty-seven children were able to participate and they thoroughly enjoyed the range of events. The Chesterton Sports’ Leaders were a great credit to the school; they were enthusiastic throughout and interacted brilliantly with the Year 1s. Their instructions were clear and they modelled all of the activities for the children.” Well done to everyone involved.
  • Our science faculty organised for twelve Year 9 students to attend Homerton College for a day of Chemistry on Tuesday. They worked alongside students from other Cambridge schools making ice cream, iodine clocks and glass. It was a very creative and engaging experience for all involved.
  • We are delighted to say that as we enter the home stretch for Year 11 exams that we are still on an unprecedented 100% attendance. Given the number and variety of exams which are being sat by one hundred eighty students that is a great achievement.
  • We wish Year 10 students good luck with their mock exams next week. Visiting lessons and talking to students it is clear that they are taking the exams very seriously and have been revising well.
  • The Respect Myself project involving the PE and ICT faculties started last week. The SINCru team have been running taster sessions in Hip Hop dance and Yoga for all year groups in PE lessons. The team also met with the Sonic Pi group to discuss how computer based music could be used for dance expression. Hip hop dance clubs are being run after school in the Farnsworth Hall every Wednesday between 3.30 and 4.30 culminating in a multi-media show case on Saturday 4 July in the Farnsworth Hall between 7 and 9pm. There will be performances in Arbury School on Friday 3 July and in Unit 7 in the Grafton Centre on Sunday 5 July at 2.30pm. Watch this space for updates!
  • Tutor groups have started their fundraising for the climbing wall – on virtually a daily basis I am getting requests for raffles, cake stalls etc to raise funds and be the first tutor group to use the wall. There is still a lot of money to raise, so do watch this space!
  • A group of thirty Year 9 students enjoyed a practical African Drumming workshop courtesy of Homerton College, our trainee music teachers, Eliza Wylie and Landig Mane from Djembe School on Wednesday afternoon this week.  The piece they performed, Djole, at the end of the afternoon was fantastic!
  • We have lots of parent returns now for our forthcoming Open Afternoon – if you have not already signed up online please do so, as we are keen to welcome as many parents as we can into school.
  • It was great to see so many parents at Year 9 Parents’ Evening this week which was focused on core subjects. Option confirmation forms will be going out today to students, so please do look out for those.
  • Next Wednesday we will have a Parent Forum from 5-6pm in the library. At this session Mrs Hargraves and Mr Cornick will be sharing developments with our reporting system, now that levels are no longer being used in schools. Please do come along as we would welcome your feedback. At parents’ evenings we have been conducting surveys on your current views about the reporting system and we feel that we have been able to address many of the points raised with our proposed new system.
  • On Tuesday Simon Peyton Jones, our Chair of Governors, Rolf Purvis and Donna Young, Deputy Heads and I will be attending the Cambridge News Educational Awards at Westminster College. Do wish good luck to the school and our two nominated students Emily Pham and Ben Wilkinson.
  • You will have seen in this week’s paper information about our new build. You can follow this link to read the story: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Cambridge-secondary-school-10-million/story-26665631-detail/story.html.

Chesterton Community College
Gilbert Road

01223 712150

Mrs Lucy Scott