Week ending 13th November
- We were delighted yesterday evening to welcome back our former Year 11 students to celebrate their GCSE success. It was a superb evening: with filmed nominations from teachers; students collecting their certificates and awards and a sports’ hall filled with proud families and successful students. Our guest speaker for the evening was Rob Williams, OBE, who is Chief Executive of War Child; the UK charity dedicated to supporting children affected by conflict. Rob is also a Chesterton parent. Previously in relief and development Rob has worked for Save the Children, the British Red Cross and Concern Worldwide in Africa and Asia leading country programmes and also managing emergency response. In the UK he has been, at various times, Deputy Children’s Commissioner for England, Chief Executive of Bliss – the premature baby charity and Chief Executive of the Fatherhood Institute. He gave a truly inspiring speech about the value of education and how in the UK it is a human right which we should not take for granted, as in many areas of the world children are struggling to receive a basic education. War Child promotes child protection, education and livelihoods in a range of countries affected by war including Afghanistan, Iraq and The Democratic Republic of Congo; helping children who have been abused, abducted, displaced or marginalised by conflict. On a door collection, on the evening, we collected £207 to give to War Child; if you were unable to donate and would like to please do look on the website: www.warchild.org.uk as this is a very worthy charity.
- On Friday we welcomed Daniel Zeichner, the MP for Cambridgeshire, for a school visit and a Q and A session with members of our House Council. We are always proud of Chesterton and take every opportunity to welcome visitors to see the great work students and staff are doing.
- Daniel was also in the midst of our “Children In Need” celebrations with our fair to raise money in the Farnsworth Hall at break filled with stalls run by students.
- This week we held our Parent Forum and as always it was great to see so many parents in attendance. We discussed a range of issues and as usual we have tried to be as responsive as we can. Curriculum webpages were raised and Richard Kirkby has sent out a parent survey to gather comments about the pages and how we can help make them as useful as possible. There are also going to be some tweaks to the Maths pages to help guide parents through the wealth of information which is currently on them.
- On Monday at our staff briefing, we were delighted to welcome Simon Peyton Jones, our Chair of Governors, who came to thank staff personally for the outstanding GCSE results we have achieved this year.
- Several Year 7 classes have now visited the Amey Cespa Recycling Plant at Waterbeach as part of their Wicked Wednesday programme. They have had the opportunity to see how we deal with the waste products generated by households in our local area. At present we recycle about 56% of our waste in Cambridgeshire. The challenge that was set for us was to try and recycle 80%; apparently this should be achievable during the next five years if we all work hard to recycle as much as we can. Don’t forget that you can recycle your clothes and textiles by placing them in the ‘Recycle with Michael’ bank in the car park of the Chesterton Sports Centre.
- A number of Year 10 and 11 students represented the college at table tennis and badminton this week. The teams took part in the first of the ‘School Games League’ competitions which are due to take place throughout the year in a wide range of sports. We are pleased to report that the scores from all the teams taking part have sent Chesterton to the top of the table!
- The weather was kind on Tuesday, as the whole of Year 7 embarked on its first sponsored fun-run. This was a fundraising event to raise money for our proposed new climbing wall: we’ve already raised £12,500 of the £20,000 target. The total amount raised by this event will be confirmed next week; thank you if you have contributed. Praise must go to all the Year 7 students who took part and well done to the quickest runners of the day: Priscillia Ayeni and Archie King.
- On Thursday Mr Kelly took a team of four Year 11 students to the Cambridge Centre for Mathematical Sciences, to participate in the Regional Final of the Senior Maths Challenge. Twenty-five teams of mostly sixth form students participated and our brave boys and girls, Sophie, Diana, David and Tolu came in at a creditable 11th. This was a three hour competition, consisting of three rounds of post GCSE problem solving questions. Considering this was the first time we have ever entered a team and we were up against the brightest and best from the East of England, they did brilliantly and were a credit to Chesterton Community College.
- This week we welcomed five volunteers from the University of Cambridge, who came into the Maths Department to offer lunchtime and afterschool tuition for small groups of Year 11 students and also to help out in lessons. This is the seventh year Stimulus students have come to Chesterton and the feedback from our students and the Stimulus students is always positive. Many of the Stimulus students who visit Chesterton go on to become teachers, having enjoyed the experience offered here.
- Last week we visited Redgate, a local and highly respected Software Development Company in Cambridge, with the intention of establishing a close working relationship with Chesterton Community College. They were impressed by our Computing curriculum and our ongoing drive to empower our students with skills to engage in a technical future. Redgate have offered to deliver some of their old development computers to Chesterton, to create a “Development Den” where students, keen on a future in computing, can hone their skills at Chesterton. Redgate also offered to host tours of their site and involve willing staff in lunchtime/after school coding clubs plus coding events, replicating their development approach in industry. We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with Redgate and are very excited about the boost their involvement will give to our students.
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott