Week Ending 12th May
- 25 Year 8 and Year 9 students said “au revoir” and “bon voyage” to their exchange partners at 6am on Wednesday 10 May; this marked the end of the first leg of our annual French Exchange with the Collège Lou Redounet in Uzès. Despite the unseasonal weather here in Cambridge, we gave our guests a very warm welcome and they had a wonderful time: exploring Cambridge on the Hop on Hop off bus; visiting the Computing and Fitzwilliam museums; visiting King’s College Chapel and going punting. They also spent an afternoon in school and especially enjoyed the lunch provided by Mr Norman. Thank you to all parents, carers and students who welcomed a French student into their homes over the last week and contributed to the success of our exchange programme. We are now making our final preparations for our return visit in a month’s time and are packing sun cream and sunglasses! To be continued …..
- Congratulations to Becky Palmer who has been appointed to the executive of the National Association for the teaching of RE: http://www.natre.org.uk/news/latest-news/the-votes-are-in/. It is always great to see our teaching staff taking the lead in national subject organisations.
- On Tuesday we welcomed Year 3 students from our feeder primary schools to participate in a Mini Olympics festival. Over 200 students took part in trampolining, hockey, athletics, badminton, football, handball and tennis. Our sports leaders, from Years 8 and 9, were wonderful at organising and delivering the activities. We look forward to welcoming the Year 1 students for tennis next week.
- Chesterton Singers gave a lovely concert in St Andrew’s Church, Cherry Hinton last Saturday. The choir sang very well and a number of students also performed solos. Congratulations to all involved.
- College record broken! The college athletics records are very hard to beat: some date back to the turn of the century! It was fantastic to see a new record set this week, by Taya Fleming in the Year 9 triple jump: 8.69 m. Congratulations to Taya.
- The second round of “The Great House Bake Off” took part this week: the competitors were asked to bake 12 shortbread biscuits that were based on the theme Cambridge. We had some incredible entries again, from punts to university crests and even flavours based on Cambridge stories. Students and staff participated in this round! Staff put in as much effort as our students, from Mrs Hubbard Young’s boats with Lego characters to Mrs Williams’ strawberry fair inspired biscuit. Sadly, we did have one disqualification amongst the teachers: Mrs Andrews; shocking! Watch out for information on how to watch the first two episodes of Chesterton’s first GHBO.
- The PSE work on alcohol is coming to an end for Years 8 – 11 this week. Students have found the topic very useful and interesting. They will be starting their new topic shortly. Year 7 are also coming to the end of their sexting topic.
- Year 7 will shortly be completing their friendship slips in preparation for their move to our vertical tutor groups after half term. The move to vertical groups is a very exciting time for Year 7 students. The move is an opportunity to meet others from different year groups and share valuable experiences which will help students to support each other.
- There is a wealth of information on the school website about how to work with, and talk to, your child regarding staying safe online. We complete a lot of work in school with students around staying safe online and it is always works best when there are similar messages from home. Knowing about esafety is good, however practising esafety is what keeps children safe. Please do contact the school if you have any questions or would like further advice or support. https://ccc.cambridgeshireeducationaltrust.org/esafety-information/
- Year 10/11 youth drop in, for students with any concerns about exams, stress, anxiety, has commenced and will be taking place every fortnight on a Tuesday. The next session is on 23rd May at lunchtime.
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott